Teaching with Historic Places

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.

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Use the TwHP Lightning Lesson model

Use the TwHP Lightning Lesson model

The TwHP Lightning Lesson model provides short (~60 min) lessons that are grounded in a historic place, with optional extension activities.

African Burial Ground Lightning Lesson Plan

Discover the African Burial Ground

Dig through centuries of Manhattan concrete to uncover a Colonial cemetery in a lesson about the African Diaspora, spirituality, and memory

Discover the Col. Charles Young House

Discover the Col. Charles Young House

In 1918, Colonel Charles Young rode horseback from his historic home in Wilberforce, Ohio, to Washington, DC. His mission? Respect.

Carlisle Indian Industrial School lesson plan

Carlisle Indian Industrial School lesson

Enter the Carlisle Campus, where over 10,000 American Indian children attended school in the late 19th/early 20th centuries.

Parks teach, so Find Your Park with Teaching with Historic Places!

Teaching With Our National Parks Feature

Teaching with Historic Places offers an expansive list of our own lesson plans that feature NPS units across the United States.

Discover the Mary Ann Shadd Cary House, a Lightning Lesson from Teaching with Historic Places

Discover the Mary Ann Shadd Cary House

Discover one DC home where activist, lawyer, and educator Mary Ann Shadd Cary lived on her life-long journey to find freedom and community.

black & white image of a large palace with many windows surrounded by palm trees

Place of History, Power, & Prestige

Discover the palace where the Hawaiian monarchs lived & fought for Native sovereignty in the face of European and American colonization.

A Field of Dreams: The Jackie Robinson Ballpark

Jackie Robinson Ballpark lesson plan

We invite you to discover the ballpark where professional athlete Jackie Robinson became a Civil Rights icon.

Professional Development with TwHP

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Last updated: June 16, 2017

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