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Teaching with Historic Places

Heritage Education Services

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses properties listed in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects. TwHP has created a variety of products and activities that help teachers bring historic places into the classroom.

News & Events

[Graphic]  Photo from Enduring Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial.

FEATURED! Remembering Pearl Harbor: The USS Arizona Memorial
President Franklin Roosevelt called it "a date which will live in infamy." On December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona was one of many casualties from the deadly attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, which vaulted the United States into World War II. Today, the submerged ship is a memorial to those who lost their lives at Pearl Harbor and a place to learn about the USS Arizona, the Pacific Fleet, and the events of that infamous day.


[Graphic] Links to UNESCO World Heritage Sites feature on Teaching with Historic Places -- Image from lesson, Thomas Jefferson's Plan for the University of Virginia: Lessons from the Lawn.

FEATURED! UNESCO World Heritage Sites
This December, Teaching with Historic Places Program features its lesson plans for five of the 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites located in the United States. These historic sites are recognized around the world for representing universal significance to humanity. Bring these special places, like Thomas Jefferson's University of Virginia, to your classroom this month.


State Standards

Meet 21st Century State Standards with TwHP
Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans, based on the inquiry method, provide teachers with materials and question sets that encourage analytical thinking. This makes them a great choice for classrooms where students need to meet Common Core state standards and social studies standards based on the College, Career & Civic Life Framework.

Teaching Teachers the Power of Place

Teaching Teachers Power of Place
Professional development materials include articles, media presentations, how-to guides, classroom case studies and other helpful resources.



Service Learning

Service Learning
To promote the benefits of combining classroom instruction, experiential learning, and civic engagement, TwHP suggests activities, highlights case studies, and provides other resources on the topic of service learning.

Youth Summits

Youth Summits
Youth Summits benefit middle school and high school aged students, educators, and community leaders by providing opportunities to participate in activities, discussions, and projects related to history, historic preservation, and heritage tourism in their communities.



Children's Corner
Visit the Children's Corner for background information on the National Park Service, lots of fun activities, and information on getting involved in your national parks.

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Preserve America
Find TwHP lessons featuring historic sites in Preserve America Communities.

Curriculum Standards
Meet the National U.S. History Standards for Grades 5-12 and the Curriculum Standards for Social Studies using Teaching with Historic Places lesson plans.

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