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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New lesson plan about the Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach Florida from TwHP

New! Jackie Robinson Lightning Lesson

Can baseball change hearts and minds? A new lightning lesson plan about Jackie Robinson teaches the effects of culture on society and law.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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