Teaching & Learning with Historic Places

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) offers teaching tools and lesson plans to help educators engage young people with powerful stories representing America’s diverse history. Historic places in National Parks and in the National Park Service's National Register of Historic Places enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, and other subjects.  

Historic places offer connections across time, encouraging empathy for the people who shaped our past. Students can connect their own local history with national events and themes. TwHP materials enable teachers and students to learn from places without leaving their learning spaces. By examining and questioning readings, documents, maps, photographs, and by engaging in activities, students connect these locations to broad themes of American history. 

TwHP resources help educators, interpreters, and curious learners virtually explore and engage with our shared history. 

Teaching with Historic Places is included in the African American Civil Rights Network, which encompasses historic sites and interpretive programs associated with the African American Civil Rights movement in the United States. 

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Curiosity Kits

Intended for families, historic site interpreters, and curious minds, these kits explore topics in US history and offer fun activities.

Lesson Plans

Lessons include several readings, questions, and activities. Search lessons by state, theme, time period, and curriculum standard.

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(H)our History Lessons

A shorter model, these one hour lessons can be used in the classroom and include readings, discussion questions, and activities.

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Research It!

Use the National Register to research historic places in your community.

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New Lesson Plans

Discover the newest offering from the TwHP program, including classic lessons and (H)our History lessons.

Last updated: August 12, 2021


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