Arm Reliquary from Treasures of Heaven exhibit

Treasures of Heaven

This website, based on the NEH-funded exhibit, explores the history of Christian saints and their relics through a variety of different digital tools and programs. Learn about exhibition objects through the cultural, geographical, and architectural environment for which they were originally created.

Image of monastery in Mexico

When Worlds Collide

This PBS website looks at how the Old and New Worlds mixed after Columbus landed on Hispaniola in 1492. The 90-minute documentary and website trace milestone events during the 16th century and illustrates how both the New World and the Old were radically transformed by contact. The extensive resources for teachers and students include a timeline, scholarly essays and lesson plans.


Detail map of ancient Mesopotamia

Teaching the Middle East

Scholars from the University of Chicago developed, and master teachers tested, this resource to provide an overview of Middle Eastern cultures and their contributions to the world.

  • Launchpad: Colonizing the Bay

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  • Launchpad: Mexican Holidays

    Created August 26, 2010

    Religious dissident Roger Williams banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony

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  • Interactive: Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart

    Created February 23, 2010
  • Colonizing the Bay

    John Winthrop wrote "General Observations for the Plantation of New  England"

    This lesson focuses on John Winthrop’s historic "Model of Christian Charity" sermon which is often referred to by its “City on a Hill “ metaphor. Through a close reading of this admittedly difficult text, students will learn how it illuminates the beliefs, goals, and programs of the Puritans. The sermon sought to inspire and to motivate the Puritans by pointing out the distance they had to travel between an ideal community and their real-world situation.

  • Lesson 2: The Federalist Defense of Diversity and "Extending the Sphere"

    Alexander Hamilton was pro-federalist, and authored a number of the papers.

    This lesson involves a detailed analysis of Alexander Hamilton’s and James Madison’s arguments in favor of the extended republic in The Federalist Nos. 9, 10 and 51. Students consider and understand in greater depth the problem of faction in a free republic and the difficulty of establishing a government that has enough power to fulfill its responsibilities, but which will not abuse that power and infringe on liberties of citizens.