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Teaching with Historic Places

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. A huge database of lesson plans are searchable by location, theme or time period:

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 four of Kentucky's historic places are available: Mammoth Cave National Park in Edmonson County, Mill Springs Battlefield in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Wigwam Village in Barren County, and the Gene Snyder US Courthouse and Custom House in Louisville.  These 12-14 page booklets use primary sources, maps, and charts to investigate history, geography, social studies, and literature.


Ten deal with archaeological properties, including
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)

New Philadelphia (IL)

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.


Table of Contents

Curriculum Materials

Hands-On Activity Resources

Archaeology Magazines and Brochure Publications

Archaeology Books

     General Archaeology

     Historic Archaeology

     Pre-historic Archaeology

     Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology

     Younger Readers

Kentucky Archeology Education Series

Teaching with Historic Places

Video Resources

Virtual Tours and Images

Places to Visit in Kentucky

Fieldwork/Field School Opportunities



Last Updated 2/5/2010