Teaching with Historic Places publishes new STEAM lightning lesson about historic Wadesboro, NC

National Park Service Cultural Resources Office of Interpretation & Education is excited to announce the launch its latest teaching tool: Discover the Solar Eclipse of 1900 in Historic Wadesboro, NC: A Lightning Lesson from Teaching with Historic Places.


This STEAM lesson turns students into historians and scientists when they investigate an American town where scientists made history. It features primary-source documents (map, text, and photograph) from the 1900 event and optional activities delve into the mechanics of eclipses, global perspectives on them, and even the issue of light pollution in American communities.


Park Service staff from across our cultural and natural resources divisions are eager to enrich the public’s experience of natural phenomena, including the coming August 21 Eclipse. This latest addition to the award-winning series from Cultural Resources incorporates the best of the Agency’s efforts to interpret American experiences and resources.


This National Park Service series uses places listed in the National Register of Historic Places to enrich traditional classroom instruction and other educational programming in history, social studies, civics, and other subjects. Find lesson plans, professional development, and resources to use historic places in education!