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Teaching with Historic Places

Using properties on the National Register of Historic Places to enliven history, social studies, geography, civics, etc, Teaching With Historic Places links teachers and students with local historic places. CRM Vol. 16(2) 1993 is a thematic issue completely devoted to describing and explaining the program's origins, goals, and progress (CRM Issue available online:

A huge database of lesson plans that are searchable by location, theme or time period.  The lessons focus on various topics, such as South Dakota's American Indian villages along the Knife River, Texas' Spanish missions, South Carolina's rice plantations, Idaho's Finnish log cabins, roadside and automobile architecture of the 1920s and 1930s, Civil War battles, and Massachusetts' cotton mills.  Lesson plans focused on three of Kentucky's historic places available: Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson County, Mill Springs Battlefield in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, and the roadside Wigwam Village located in Cave City, KY.  These 12-14 page booklets use primary sources, maps, and charts to investigate history, geography, social studies, and literature.

Five deal with archaeological properties: 
Frederica: An Eighteenth Century Community (GA)
Gran Quivira: A Pueblo Village (AZ)
Knife River: Early Village Life on the Plains (SD)
Mammoth Cave (KY)
Saugus Iron Works (MA)
Road Side Attractions – Wigwam Village in KY

All of the lesson plans are now available online:
FYI - The National Park Service and the National Trust for Historic Preservation have developed A Curriculum Framework for Professional Training and Development that brings historic places into classrooms through site-specific lesson plans.  "Roadside Attractions," a Teaching With Historic Places lesson plan, is included in this resource that provides the educational and historical foundation for the Teaching With Historic Places program.

Teaching with Historic Places holds a 10-day Summer Institute for teachers annually in Washington, D.C.


Last Updated 2/20/2010