Teaching with Historic Places

Teaching with Historic Places (TwHP) uses historic places in National Parks and 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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Tangier Island, ca. 1859, Virginia Places, George Mason University

African Americans and the War of 1812

Learn about the significance of this small island off the coast of Virginia in the Chesapeake Bay, and its connection to the War of 1812.

Vintage black & white photo of nine students carrying school books while laughing & talking

Explore the Struggle Against Injustice

Teaching with Historic Places lessons encourage students to study past injustices and struggles to promote healing in America today.

NPS Photo by Andrew Cattoir Lake Mead NRA

Teaching w/Historic Places in Libraries

Bring historic places & NPS resources into libraries and library programs! See the Teaching with Historic Places feature to find out how.

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 total solar eclipse of 1900 and the historic town where scientists chose to study it

Discover the Solar Eclipse of 1900

Discover the total solar eclipse of 1900 and the historic North Carolina town where astronomers and scientists studied it.

Professional Development with TwHP

Discover resources for using historic places in teaching, and discover tips, tricks, and hacks for making the best use of our lesson plans.

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.

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.

Last updated: September 30, 2019

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