The following websites have been approved for use in the classroom by EDSITEment. Browse websites by subject area.
This NEH initiative brings five outstanding films on the long civil rights movement to communities across the United States. As part of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)’s Bridging Cultures initiative, Created Equal has encouraged communities across the country to revisit the history of civil rights in America.
WNET’s Shakespeare Uncovered series tells the story behind the stories of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. Six episodes combine history, biography, performance and analysis and personal passion of each host as they conduct interviews with actors, scholars and directors from key locations and include video of performances.
The Minnesota Historical Society, in partnership with the Atlanta History Center, the Chicago History Museum and the Oakland Museum of California, curated a major exhibit documenting this pivotal year. The year saw the peak of the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, riots at the Democratic National Convention, assertions of Black Power at the Olympic Games and feminist demonstrations at the Miss America pageant.
An online exhibit celebrating the art and culture of a diverse society.
Developed in partnership with NEH to assist Head Start staff and parents share the world of art with children. Picturing America offers opportunities to address children’s school readiness, family literacy and parent involvement goals. The website includes a downloadable resource guide, creative activities, and a video of one Head Start program’s experience hosting an event designed to explore art and history in a fun, family-oriented way.
Abraham Lincoln’s Crossroads is an educational game for advanced middle- and high-school students. Learn about Lincoln’s leadership by exploring the political choices he made. Resources Page keyed to each chapter provides links to relevant Websites on Lincoln and the Civil War, permitting students to explore issues in more depth.
Produced by the Academy of American Poets, this site contains biographies of poets and the texts of hundreds of poems, many with images and sound files.
The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in American society.
Cultural, educational, and statistical resources covering the African continent. From the University of Pennsylvania.
Explore African art, history, and political and social themes through essays, timelines, images, and games.
A companion site to the PBS series tracing the struggle against slavery.
This PRI series explores the vast variety of music that has African roots or influences, including Francophone nations as well as many Caribbean and Latin American countries. The series includes webcasts.
Alaska's History & Cultural Studies provides students, teachers and others interested in the state access to a rich source of facts and viewpoints about Alaska and its history. There are six units, each encompassing an important theme or historical period. Linked to the units you'll find extensive information that includes an historical account of that era, stories of the people who lived then, photographs, maps, oral history, letters and other primary resources.
This NEH-funded exhibit offers a look at founding father Alexander Hamilton. The site features historical artifacts, virtual tours of Hamilton's life in New York and New Jersey, a document database, and a comprehensive timeline.
This site—hosted by C-SPAN—is based on a tour of De Tocqueville's route through America.
Resources on France and global French culture.
This website is unique in many design features that facilitate successful use by educators and students. It includes a large library of primary resources, curricula, and interactive student activities; most of them presented in age-appropriate, user-friendly formats.
Highlighting the works of six great authors—Henry James, Langston Hughes, Esmeralda Santiago, James Agee, Willa Cather, and Eudora Welty—the site provides primary and secondary source information. Resources include lesson plans related to each of the authors; links to peer-reviewed websites; and on-line teacher guides.
As television's longest-running, most-watched history series, PBS's American Experience brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that helped form this nation. Now in its twentieth season, the series has produced over 200 programs and garnered every major broadcast award.
In the summer of 1964, student volunteers from around the country joined organizers and local African Americans in a historic effort to shatter the foundations of white supremacy in what was one of the nation’s most segregated states. The website features historical background essays, bonus video of interviews with participants and original art work.
The NPR radio series focuses on fundamental works in American cultural history featuring one-hour podcasts that span our history: Thomas Jefferson's Monticello, Herman Melville's Moby Dick, the song "Dixie," Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Edith Wharton's novel The House of Mirth, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, I Love Lucy, Elvis, and The Autobiography of Malcolm X.
Digitized texts and images charting eyewitness experience and accounts of exploration in North America, from the Vikings to the pioneers.
An ongoing series of award-winning primetime specials examining the lives, works, and creative processes of America’s most outstanding cultural artists.
Archive containing over 77,000 documents related to the study of the Presidency. “Today in History” feature highlights a Presidential address or event.
A wealth of information about the history of the American Presidency, including an archive of essays on the year 2000 general election.
The site is a repository of scholarly concentrations on such humanities topics as the 1930s, cultural maps, American literature, avant-garde and postmodern art exhibitions, and the U.S. Capitol building as an American icon. The site houses hypertexts of several American authors, including: Harriet Jacobs, Herman Melville, Mark Twain, and Harriet Beecher Stowe.
A collection of critical essays on the principles of the American transcendentalist movement, including its roots & influences and authors & texts.
A permanent archive for educators, researchers and every one interested in the writers featured in the C‑SPAN series.
Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives aims to inspire people to come together to read, see, and think about classical literature and how it continues to influence and invigorate American cultural life.
Over 200,000 objects from North American, Mexican & Central American, South American, African, Asian, and Pacific Ethnographic Collections with images and detailed description, linked to the original catalogue pages, field notebooks, and photographs are available online. (American Museum of Natural History)
Primary source texts on the antislavery movement as well as podcasts and videos. Accompanied by teachers’ guides.
Ministerio de Educación de España, Instituto de Tecnologías Educativas. This site introduces Cervantes and his novel Don Quixote to Spanish language students through engaging interactive activities. Beginning through early intermediate younger students.
Resources on the geography, history, and peoples of the Arctic.
African works of art in the context of the lives of African peoples.
Assembles a significant amount of interactive content associated with the collections at the Art Institute of Chicago. Visitors can view art, read descriptions of particular works, play art games, and explore the galleries. The site also offers a page devoted to students and teachers.
The Museum of Modern Art designed this site to instruct young children in viewing and creating art.
An initiative of the East Asian Curriculum Project and the Project on Asia in the Core Curriculum at Columbia University, Asia for Educators (AFE) is designed to serve faculty and students in world history, culture, geography, art, and literature at the undergraduate and pre-college levels.
Information about all aspects of Asian culture, particularly Asian current affairs. Also available are links to pronunciation guides for Asian languages. This site also contains constructive activities for elementary grade students.
In-depth materials on family life in Illinois from 1700 to the present.
NEH affiliate New Mexico Humanities Council's online Atlas of Historic New Mexico maps contains twenty historic maps of New Mexico, annotated with descriptions by the map makers and others people living, working, and exploring in New Mexico at that time.
A collection of audiobooks, including music and text. Early intermediate students and younger native-speaking students. Content pertains to the Mexican Revolution and the Mexican Independence, which celebrated their Bicentennial and Centennial in the year 2010.
The automobile’s impact on American life is everywhere. Each of the site’s five sections contains two essays, plus a select annotated bibliography or bibliographic essay to guide further reading.
BackStory is a brand-new public radio program that brings historical perspective to the events happening around us today.
The Baltimore Museum of Art is home to an internationally renowned collection of 19th-century, modern, and contemporary art. Throughout the Museum, visitors will find a wide selection of European and American fine and decorative arts, 15th- through 19th-century prints and drawings, contemporary art by established and emerging contemporary artists, and objects from Africa, Asia, the Ancient Americas, and Pacific Islands.
Dedicated to educating the public about Franklin’s enduring legacy and inspiring renewed appreciation of the values he embodied.
Provides online access to digitized primary source materials, transcriptions, translations and contextual information relating to the early history of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, 1741-1844. It is the aim of this project to encourage broad or specialized exploration of local, regional and national history.
The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.
An MIT open courseware unit on how Japanese artists visualized the arrival and effects of Commodore Perry's fleet in 1853.
This is a completely free and searchable web site designed to provide researchers worldwide with full access to the thousands of pages comprising this 14-volume printed work, originally published by the University of Illinois Press.
A comprehensive timeline on American history from the mid-17th century through 1920, as well as a robust listing of American literary movements.
The United Kingdom's National Academy for the humanities and social sciences. It is designed to inspire, recognize, and support excellence in the humanities and social sciences, throughout the UK and internationally, and to champion their role and value.
The site brings bridges, skyscrapers, tunnels, and dams to the Internet for those who want to learn more about man-made giants that fill our communities. It features introductions to the engineering of structures, interactive engineering labs, building designs challenges, a databank of large structures, and interviews with engineers.
Collection of short essays and scholarship on early Americans’ transport and subsequent use of Old World technologies in building up America.
Activities designed to help students understand, interpret and appreciate the story of immigration to the Midwest.
The site is a portal to French and Spanish language resources on the Internet. The topics include art, French and Spanish, and teacher resources. The links are annotated and indexed as an activity, resource, teacher link, or tool.
Sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture, the site contains captivating images and information about the cave of Lascaux. Links included are to other archaeological sites, the history of the discovery of the cave, and interactive exercises for teachers and students.
Celebrate the Bard of Avon’s birthday with Folger Shakespeare’s Library “Online Resources for Teachers.” You’ll find “Shakespeare for Kids,” games and puzzles to engage younger students, and free audio-video resources designed to help you teach Shakespeare to older ones.
The center uses digital media and computer technology to democratize history—to incorporate multiple voices, reach diverse audiences, and encourage popular participation in presenting and preserving the past.
Housed within the History Department at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, CSAC does research and publishes materials relating to the creation and ratification of the American Constitution.
Find out how to use digital primary source materials of the Library of Congress and the Center on Congress.
Celebrates baseball and the many fans, players, and characters who helped shape our American story. From the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Children & Youth in History is a world history resource that provides teachers and students with access to sources about young people from the past to the present. Features teaching modules and primary source lessons.
An online archive funded by Marquette University and the National Endowment for the Humanities that shows the many ways children experienced city life during the last century and a half.
A database of populated places and historical administrative units for the period of Chinese history between 222 BCE and 1911 CE. CHGIS provides a base GIS platform for researchers to use in spatial analysis, temporal statistical modeling, and representation of selected historical units as digital maps.
Follow the stories of Chinese immigrants who arrived in America at the height of anti-Chinese restriction.
Enhancing access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search view, clip, and save newspaper pages from 1836 through 1922, as well as find information about American newspapers published between 1690 and the present.
From the Center for the Liberal Arts (CLA de la Universidad de Virginia/The University of Virginia), an NEH-funded site using films clips to teach Spanish language and culture. Advanced, AP, college level, and older students.
Highlighting the plight of four recent Latin American immigrants in the United States, the site tells stories of loss, love, frustration, hope, and the struggle to build their lives, communities, and their dreams.
The Civics Renewal Network is a consortium of nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations committed to strengthening civic life in the U.S. by increasing the quality of civics education in our nation's schools and by improving accessibility to high-quality, no-cost learning materials.
From the Duke University Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Library: Resources by and about women during the Civil War.
The Cleveland Museum of Art permanent collection includes more than 36,000 objects. In this database you will find records for all of the objects in the collection.
The Cold War International History Project disseminates new information and perspectives on the history of the Cold War, in particular new findings from previously inaccessible sources from the former Communist world. The Project supports the full and prompt release of historical materials by governments on all sides of the Cold War, and seeks to accelerate the process of integrating new sources, materials and perspectives from the former "Communist bloc" with the historiography of the Cold War which has been written over the past few decades largely by Western scholars reliant on Western archival sources.
A free, interactive curriculum for middle and high-school students and their educators that features individual testimonies of thirteen people who were adolescents during the Holocaust.
By investigating the lives and events recorded in newspapers, official documents and personal correspondence from this collection, students will immerse themselves in the past and discover the fears, friction and turmoil that shaped these tumultuous times.
Connecticut History Online (CHO) is a collaboration between the Connecticut Historical Society, the Connecticut State Library, the Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut, Mystic Seaport, and the New Haven Colony Historical Society.
Focusing on the Spanish Conquistadors' entry into the New World and their impact on indigenous populations, the site is geared towards middle and high school classrooms.
This four-hour PBS series introduces viewers to some of today’s major constitutional debates—free speech in the digital age, same-sex marriage, voting rights, separation of church and state, presidential power in the post-9/11 world, to name just a few—and the fascinating stories of the people they affect every day.
Constitutionally Speaking, a collaboration of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and several New Hampshire nonprofit organizations offers a suite of civics resources for K–12 teachers, including award-winning lesson plans and videos on the nation's founding document and its application in 21st-century America.
Contested Visions, funded in part by NEH and co-organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico, examines the significance of indigenous peoples within the artistic landscape of colonial Latin America. The exhibition offers a comparative view of the two principal viceroyalties of Spanish America—Mexico and Peru—from the fifteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
Interviews with a broad range of historical figures from the latter half of the twentieth century.
An interactive historical simulation and decision-making program that reconstructs the dilemmas of policy formation and decision making in the period between Abraham Lincoln's election in November 1860 and the battle of Fort Sumter in April 1861.
From the Ministerio de Educación de España, Instituto de Tecnologías Educativas, a highly interactive site using children’s stories and illustrations to teach vocabulary, grammar, and arithmetic. Beginning through intermediate younger students.
A searchable full-text database containing more than seventy commentaries on Dante's Divine Comedy -- the Commedia.
Democracy Web is composed of an interactive world map and an online study guide for use by teachers, professors, and their upper secondary- and lower college-level students.
Dēmos is a digital encyclopedia of classical Athenian democracy that will be useful to a wide audience. The aim is to describe the history, institutions, and people of democratic Athens in the 5th and 4th centuries BCE, to publish the efforts of scholars to answer questions about Athenian democracy, and to invite you, our audience, to explore, discover, and judge for yourselves. The earliest work on Dēmos was supported by grants from Furman University and the NEH.
An electronic gallery of artwork from all periods and cultures.
Texts and contexts for the study of the Italian Renaissance writer Dante.
“Using new technologies to enhance teaching and learning,” Digital History includes a variety of primary and secondary documents, maps, images, audio archives of speeches and lectures by historians, a database of more than 1,500 annotated links, and a rich interactive timeline.
An online learning experience designed to help students develop the analytical skills employed by historians. It presents key events in U.S. and European history in the format of self-contained modules. Students learn by exploring data, evaluating conflicting accounts or interpretations, and developing conclusions based on the evidence.
The colossal site of Karnak is one of the largest temple complexes in the world, with an incredibly rich architectural, ritual, religious, economic, social and political history. We invite you to experience Karnak – to learn about an ancient site that still resonates today because of its monumental pylons, towering columns, stunning reliefs and architectural marvels.
An image database of medieval and renaissance manuscripts that unites scattered resources from many institutions into an international tool for teaching and scholarly research.
The NEH-funded Digital Sculpture Project, an activity of the World Heritage Laboratory, is a website devoted to studying ways in which 3D digital technologies can be applied to the capture, representation, and interpretation of sculpture from all periods and cultures.
The site centers upon the historical work surrounding the diary of Martha Ballard, an 18th-century midwife. The core of the site is Martha's actual diary, which can be browsed or searched online, but the site also includes a large archive of primary sources about Martha and colonial America.
Growing collection of primary materials documenting the cultural history of the American South from the viewpoint of Southerners.
The E Pluribus Unum Project is designed for use by students, teachers, and other researchers who wish to examine the attempt to make "one from many" in three critical decades of American life: the 1770s, the 1850s, and the 1920s.
The traveling exhibit "EarthWorks: Virtual Explorations of the Ancient Ohio Valley" presents interactive virtual reconstructions of some of the most spectacular ancient architecture in the world.
PowerPoint presentation sponsored by the Educational Site for Bolivia, with an engaging, basic approach to teaching vocabulary using animals’ names and their corresponding letters of the alphabet. Beginning younger students.
From the Ministerio de Educación de España, Instituto de Tecnologías Educativas, a site for young children with a Flash-based story of the snail Serafín with sound and written captions. Beginning through early intermediate younger students.
From the Ministerio de Educación de España, Instituto de Tecnologías Educativas, a journey to Greece with maps, virtual visits, videos, interactive texts, and interactives on Greek philosophers, with a complete collection of resources related to Greek philosophy and citizenship. Intermediate through advanced students.
A project dedicated to bringing Eleanor Roosevelt's writings (and radio and television appearances) on democracy and human rights before an audience as diverse as the ones she addressed.
Collection of selected historical materials from Harvard's libraries, archives, and museums that documents voluntary immigration to the U.S.
A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Alabama; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Arkansas; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Connecticut; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Virginia is updated regularly to ensure that its contents are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps so check back frequently to see what's new.
The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent and will eventually cover all aspects of Iranian history, political science, art, archaeology, and culture as well as all Iranian languages and literatures.
The End of Europe's Middle Ages is designed to assist those students engaged in Renaissance, Reformation and Early Modern studies who lack a background in medieval European history.
This site, maintained by retired Spanish language teacher Susan Seraphine-Kimel, aggregates and annotates hundreds websites for the teaching and study of Spanish language.
This interactive feature on the Rubin Museum of Art website offers the opportunity to journey behind works of Himalayan art, revealing the stories, ideas and beliefs that inspired them, and then consider how peoples of other cultures have expressed ideas on similar issues through their own artistic traditions.
A project of The Thomas Cole National Historic Site, an affiliated site of the National Park Service. The National Endowment for the Humanities funded its creation. Painter, poet, and essayist Thomas Cole (1801-1848) responded to this quest by creating pristine landscape paintings unlike any yet seen in America.
Primary documents and archival material surrounding the shipboard rebellion and ensuing legal, political, and popular debate.
This site explores some of the great issues and controversies that surround our Nation's founding document.
The result of an NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, this site displays a rich array of humanities and STEM teacher-created lesson plans and teacher development materials from the elementary through the high school level covering archaeology, anthropology, biology, botany, geology, mathematics, and more.
Eyes on the Prize is an award-winning 14-hour television series produced by Blackside and narrated by Julian Bond. Through contemporary interviews and historical footage, the series covers all of the major events of the civil rights movement from 1954–1985. Series topics range from the Montgomery bus boycott in 1954 to the Voting Rights Act in 1965; from community power in schools to "Black Power" in the streets; from early acts of individual courage through to the flowering of a mass movement and its eventual split into factions.
The site offers a comprehensive view of F. Scott Fitzgerald's life, works, and influence on American literature. Links to audio clips, film clips, and quotations from Fitzgerald and other notable figures deepen visitors' understanding of the author.
Chartered by the University Research Center affiliated with the Department of History at the George Washington University, this site has a dual mission: collecting, researching, editing and publishing the universally acclaimed Documentary History of the First Federal Congress, 1789-1791, and serving as a research center on the most important and productive Congress in U.S. history.
This website provides an overview of the First World War, and is intended at a general rather than academic readership.
Folger Shakespeare Library offers high-quality digital texts of some of Shakespeare’s best-known plays with coding that works behind the scenes to make the plays easy to browse, read, search, navigate and index.
An educator's guide to teaching Shakespeare for students in grades K-12.
Through a host of media—including photographs, television and film, magazines, newspapers, posters, books, and pamphlets—the project explores the historic role of visual culture in shaping, influencing, and transforming the fight for racial equality and justice in the United States from the late-1940s to the mid-1970s.
In this unique anthology, Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner draw on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day.
Explores the French language and culture by following the lives of real students from the University of Texas who have participated in the UT Summer Program in Lyon, France. In addition to following the exploits of these UT students, you will also watch interviews of native French speakers, as well as scenes of day-to-day interactions in France.
Makes the papers of this prolific African American figure in his historical context available to a broad audience.
Historical papers chronicling emancipation during the Civil War.
Join the courageous band of students and civil rights activists called Freedom Riders in 1961 as they challenged segregation in the American South. An NEH-funded website from American Experience with video clips of the participants, interactive time lines, and interactive maps. A series of lesson plans are included.
The gallery houses a world-renowned collection of art from China, Japan, Korea, South and Southeast Asia, and the Far East.
Site for learning French with crossword puzzles, drawing, and quizzes. Also includes an extended discussion of pedagogical strategies for teaching French.
This site is an NEH-funded project that brings one of the richest art photograph libraries to the Web and enables visitors to browse and download jpegs of large format digital files and of lesser-known and previously unpublished works of art.
The history of modern science reflected in the life of its seminal practitioner.
One of the World's greatest collections of Western art from the Middle Ages to the present. European paintings, drawings, manuscripts, sculpture and decorative arts, and European and American photographs.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute for American History offers a variety of resources to promote the study of American history, including online collections, archives, teaching modules, and links to valuable educational resources.
Created by the Oakland Museum of California, this site gives a comprehensive look into the California Gold Rush of the nineteenth-century.
This website brings great works of art into the context of a broader liberal arts curriculum for teachers at all levels.
This website from the Chicago History Museum and the NEH is a suite of twelve powerful historical fiction narratives and supporting educational materials inspired by artifacts in the collection of the museum. This award-winning resource for elementary and high school students can support and enhance classroom instruction as well as make valuable connections for students both pre- and post-field trip to the museum. Great Chicago Stories explores key themes of place, identity, and contested space while making local, regional, and national connections.
Documents, memoirs, and images for study of World War I.
A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of Guam; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
The museum took as its basis the radical new forms of art being developed by such artists as Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee, and Piet Mondrian in the 20th century.
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Texas is updated regularly to ensure that its contents are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps so check back frequently to see what's new.
Created by the School of Information at the University of Michigan with exhibits from the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, this site gives students an exhaustive overview of the culture, community, and organizations of the Harlem Renaissance.
Created by Harper's Weekly as an online archive of 18th and 19th century issues of the magazine, the site contains ten free features utilizing rich primary sources and scholastic commentary on topics that range from Immigrant and Ethnic America to The World of Thomas Nast.
This site draws on the collections of The Peabody Essex Museum, the House of Seven Gables Historic Site, and the Salem Maritime National Historic site. It features critical approaches to Hawthorne’s work and includes a timeline, an image gallery, and links to several electronic editions.
From the Ministerio de Educación de España, Instituto de Tecnologías Educativas, a site on astronomy and the mythology of the heavens, with music and readings on figures of Greek mythology, the stars, and constellations. Intermediate through advanced students.
Part of the University of Florida Digital collections, the NEH-funded Historic St. Augustine Collection contains primary sources including historic interpretation notes, architectural sketches, drawings, archaeological field reports, maps and photographs related to properties in the historic district.
History and Politics Out Loud is a searchable archive of politically significant audio materials for scholars, teachers, and students. It is a component of "Historical Voices," funded by the NEH in partnership with Michigan State University.
Designed for teachers of U.S. History Survey courses at high schools and colleges around the world, History Matters provides an excellent starting point for exploring American history on the Web. This site serves as a gateway to Web resources and offers unique teaching materials, first-person primary documents, and threaded discussions on teaching U.S. history. It emphasizes materials that focus on the lives of ordinary Americans and involves students in analyzing and interpreting evidence.
A quarterly on events in American History from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The site also contains lesson plans, interactivities, and other educational resources.
The Jim Crow laws encompassed every part of American life, from politics to education to sports. This site provides a comprehensive look at the 80-year period of segregation in the U.S.
Afghanistan has been home to diverse cultures, empires, and traditions — and is a place where an equally interconnected future will unfold. This website, funded in part by NEH, explores the geopolitical and cultural heritage of Afghanistan and compels new thinking about the region today. Teaching materials are included.
Sports are an indelible part of our culture and community. Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America shows how sports reflect the trials and triumphs of the American experience and help mold our national character. Hometown Teams is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and State Humanities Councils nationwide. The online exhibition includes educational resources for grades 6–10 aligned to the Common Core State Standards.
One of a five-part PBS film series funded by NEH, this is the moving story of how a group of sixteen women who had been imprisoned by Serb-led forces in the Bosnian town of Foca broke history’s great silence – and stepped forward to take the witness stand in an international court of law. Teacher resources and comments by viewers are included on the website.
iCivics prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st-century citizens by offering free and innovative educational materials in a game format with rich teaching materials and a comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum.
This site was created by the American Bar Association Division for Public Education, a Civics Renewal Partner, through a grant from the Magna Carta Trust as a legacy project to commemorate the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta.
Until recently, people of African descent have not been counted as part of America's migratory tradition. The transatlantic slave trade has created an enduring image of black men and women as transported commodities, and is considered the defining element in the construction of the African Diaspora, but it is centuries of additional movements that have given shape to the nation we know today. This is the story that has not been told.
This site highlights recent research of scholars who have provided new insights about the cultures and histories of Indian peoples in the Midwest.
Indivisible, a project of the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, documents, through photographs and interviews, the struggles and achievements of 12 communities that have made differences on their residents. The American communities, from Chicago's Southwest side to the North Pacific Coast of Alaska, each face different challenges, but their stories all feature individuals of exceptional vision and commitment.
Explore and read real children's books in 61 languages for kids 3-13. Find award-winning books and tag your favorites. Download gadgets, the new StoryKit iPhone app, a teacher's training manual for classroom use, and the iPad version of this award-winning site.
A library of texts and translations recording all aspects of medieval life.
Hosted by Drexel University's College of Information Science and Technology and aided by a consortium of colleges and universities with programs in information science, this site contains a vast collection of online texts, including novels, newspapers, magazines, and tutorials for students of all ages.
In this resource you will find background information, election results, cabinet members, notable events, and some points of interest on each of the presidents. Links to biographies, historical documents, audio and video files, and other presidential sites are also included.
In this free resource on Italian Renaissance Art from the National Gallery of Art and Grove Art Online, students can explore thematic essays, more than 340 images, and 42 primary source texts in eight different units with printable activity guides and discussion questions related to each unit.
An NEH-funded PBS documentary by filmmaker Karen Thomas examines the life of the artist and the course of his career and supplies teachers and museum educators with lesson plan, videos, a time line, images, and more to learn about Whistler and his art. Connect with the streamed version of the film.
This highly interactive site offers many ways to introduce jazz as a musical genre and cultural tradition. An interactive map features hot places for jazz in America; a lounge defines jazz with recordings of key elements and genres; and audio files feauture nine different songs of nine artists. Artists featured on the site include: Louis Armstrong, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and Sarah Vaughan.
This National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute for Teachers held at the Steinbeck Institute, San Jose State University, contains a rich collection of scholarly essays, lesson plans, maps, and images covering Steinbeck's work and his world.
A four-state partnership dedicated to raising awareness of the historical heritage and cultural landscape from Gettysburg, PA., through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, W.VA., to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA. Experiential learning activities include original student videos from the “Of The Student, By The Student, For The Student Service Learning Program.
A downloadable online interactive textbook from the second grade of preschool in Mexico, with visual resources for teachers to use for students activities. Beginning younger students.
A downloadable online interactive textbook from the third grade of preschool in Mexico, with visual resources for teachers to use for student activities. Beginning younger students.
The site features 13 works by Chopin, including The Awakening, a transcript of the documentary, interviews with a Chopin descendent and Chopin scholar, and a basic chronology of Chopin's life.
The official website of the Kate Chopin International Society. Provides a network and forum for the study of American author Kate Chopin (1850-1904). The society encourages and supports scholarship and activities that illuminate Chopin’s contribution to the American literary tradition, and it seeks to preserve her literary significance for future generations.
Ken Burns documentary that tells the story of the rise, rule, and fall of the Eighteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the entire era it encompassed. Website includes video clips, essays, lesson plans and interactive timeline & map.
This PBS documentary by Ken Burns chronicles the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history. Survivors share their memories of those years of suffering and perseverance.
A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Louisiana; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
From the Dirección General de Culturas Populares, this site contains a wealth of factual information about the multitude of indigenous cultures of Mexico and their wider significance. Intermediate through advanced students.
Site contains authentic video and audio material that is educational or culturally informative and includes cuisine, dance, the arts, and news. Intermediate through advanced students.
From "American Experience," a film about the desperate attempt by heroic Americans to save as many people as possible at the 11th hour. Also on iTunes.
Resources for the study of South American, Central American, and Caribbean culture.
Annenberg Learner produces educational video programs with coordinated Web and print materials for the professional development of K-12 teachers. Annenberg Learner's multimedia resources help teachers increase their expertise in their fields and assist them in improving their teaching methods. Many programs are also intended for students in the classroom and viewers at home. All Annenberg Learner videos exemplify excellent teaching.
This site presents opportunities for study of the 18th century lost town of London, Maryland, from the integrated perspective of archaeological find, archival records, and material culture.
Informational and archival resources used in the production of the PBS series.
The web site of the PBS series about the birth of the American Republic and the struggle of a loosely connected group of states to become a nation. Newspaper accounts, interactive games, dramatizations, and a chronology of the Revolution.
Provides an accessible and lively introduction to the French Revolution as well as an extraordinary archive of some of the most important documentary evidence from the Revolution.
A nonprofit publisher dedicated to publishing, and keeping in print, authoritative editions of America's best and most significant writing in durable form. Includes podcasts and excerpts
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on art education designed to teach students about art appreciation and personal creativity, with factsheets and exercises on the visual arts and the performing arts.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online literature and language textbook including extensive vocabulary, tongue teasers, questionnaires, self-evaluations, and factsheets for activities. Intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook covering values, freedom, patriotism (Mexico), and peace, with illustrations and questionnaires, factsheets and self evaluations. Intermediate through advanced students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on history, covering the history of the beginnings of the civilizations that populated the Americas, including visuals, maps and activities, factsheets, exercises. Intermediate through advanced students. Pre-AP and AP recommended.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on art education rich with images, to teach vocabulary and the appreciation of the arts, with spaces with activities for the students to analyze aspects of art education. Advanced beginning through intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook for first grade elementary native Spanish speakers with factsheets, activities, lessons, questionnaires, reading materials with visuals. Beginning through intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on Spanish, including analysis of texts, writing about history, reading and summarizing texts, rewriting texts on history, reading and writing poetry, reading comprehension, questionnaires and self-evaluations. Intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on civics, including chapters on democracy, human rights, freedom and opposition to discrimination, with exercises, illustrated texts and evaluations. Intermediate through advanced students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on world geography, including the oceans, the continents, world capitals, mountain ranges, water bodies, among many others. The textbook is rich in visual resources. Intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on history (mostly Mexican history), including timelines, text, visuals, questionnaires, self-evaluation. Intermediate through advanced students and native-speaking students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on the subject of civics and ethics with high quality visuals and some history and anthropology on the origins of Pre-Columbian cultures. Early intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook for first grade elementary native Spanish speakers on the subject of Spanish with factsheets, activities, lessons, questionnaires, reading materials with visuals. Beginning through early intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on civics and ethics, with high quality visuals and authentic fables to teach values, history, and good citizenship. Intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on art education, including visuals, photographs, vocabulary words, analyses of works of art and art appreciation. Intermediate through advanced students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook mostly on writing various kinds of texts, Including texts, on world history, with exercises, or questionnaires, including paragraph summary and rewriting. Intermediate through advanced students. Pre-AP recommended.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on civics, good citizenship, values, freedom, peace, and the challenges of modern society, along with illustrations and questionnaires, factsheets, exercises, and self-evaluations. Intermediate through advanced students. Pre-AP recommended.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook on geography, including cultural geography such as human migration and world economy, as well as research assignments. Intermediate students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook with high quality visuals, vocabulary, and text on appreciating and analyzing the arts, both visual and performing, with activities that invite participation by students. Intermediate through advanced students.
From the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), a searchable and downloadable online textbook in Spanish, with high-quality visuals, activities; information on analyzing literature, the performing arts, and resources to teach vocabulary and writing. Intermediate through advanced students. Pre-AP recommended.
The Lincoln Institute concentrates on providing support and assistance to scholars and groups involved in the study of the life of American's 16th President and the impact he had on the preservation of the Union, the emancipation of black slaves, and the development of democratic principles which have found worldwide application.
The Multi-Media Edition the “House Divided Project” at Dickinson College offers 150 of Abraham Lincoln's most teachable documents organized around five major themes and designed provide key alignments with the Common Core State Standards.
Lincoln/Net presents historical materials from Abraham Lincoln's Illinois years (1830-1861), including Lincoln's writings and speeches, as well as other materials illuminating antebellum Illinois.
Bilingual collection of material on Francophone African literature written by women since the 1970s.
Argentine contemporary literature: texts and national authors' biographies, pictures, and audio files in addition to special publications and issues, and interactive stories. Intermediate through advanced. AP recommended.
The products of this NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers offers a wealth of curricular plans and interactive ideas for the classroom. Topics cover a variety of disciplines: history, geography, literature, religion, art, and environmental studies for every grade level.
The Internet is no longer a novelty but rather a necessary campaign tool. See how campaigns have learned how to operate in an increasingly complex online ecology and get their messages across through a variety of means.
Livius, Articles of Ancient History. A website on ancient history written and maintained since 1996 by the Dutch historian Jona Lendering.
An online treasure of recordings that were thought lost or obscure which covers almost the whole spectrum of the American experience since the beginning of recorded sound.
This museum is a fascinating, interactive 3-D look at what was once the United States’ most visited museum – until it mysteriously burned to the ground in 1865. Visitors can explore the virtual reconstruction and embedded resources, which can be used with classroom lessons, along with clues to the mystery of who set the fire.
Online library of over 84,000 digital materials about Louisiana's history, culture, places, and people.
The exhibit, based on an NEH-funded summer institute at the Newberry Library, focuses on the connection between Chicago's unique urban, economic, and cultural history and its literature. The website contains art, correspondence, poems, and ephemera by Kate Chopin, Ernest Hemingway, Carl Sandburg, and others, with informative essays and full bibliography.
Searchable repository of monographs, journals, and imprints from 1840-1900 from Cornell University Library.
Making the History of 1989 tells the story of Eastern European nations overcoming their communist regimes. The site has three key features: a collection of primary sources; a set of multimedia interviews that make visible the processes by which historians transform events and sources into historical narratives; and lesson plans and document based questions provide historical context, tools, and strategies for teaching the history of 1989 with primary sources.
Making The Wright Connection is an online community of, and clearinghouse for, scholars and teachers of the works of Richard Wright (1908–1960), the author of such major works as Uncle Tom’s Children, Native Son, and Black Boy. Website includes podcasts of lectures by some of the world’s foremost scholars of Wright.
This exhibition produced by The Fowler Museum of Cultural History, UCLA and available at the National Museum of African Art online archive explores the visual cultures and histories of Mami Wata, the world of water deities and their powers. It demonstrates how art both reflects and actively contributes to beliefs and religious practices revealing the potency of images to shape the lives of people, communities, and societies.
The words of the King James Bible ring out today in books, poems, popular songs, speeches, and sermons. Visit the rich array of resources for yourself and your classroom and experience the history of one of the most widely read book in the English language.
The Marchand Archive is an NEH-funded, ever-expanding collection of document-based lesson plans developed by outstanding teachers associated with The History Project, and more than 8,600 images. Lesson plans encourage students to apply analytical skills to primary sources; the images supplement lessons and include maps, Aztec codices, early Americana, advertising posters and more.
Broad range of materials on Mark Twain the writer and his times.
The site displays over 3,500 objects from its collection; in addition, it offers online overviews of its recent exhibitions, a detailed timeline of art history, onsite learning programs, and more.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History is a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world as illustrated by the museum's collection. Browse by work of art, timeline, thematic essay, and more.
Based on a PBS lecture series narrated by Michael Palin, this site provides younger students with an overview of the life of Ernest Hemingway.
Teacher-created resource with picture books and audio books in Spanish.
Mission 2: “Flight to Freedom,” is a game for students to learn about the difficulties encountered by slaves as they tried to escape the South.
“A Cheyenne Odyssey" is the third entry in the Mission US multimedia project series that immerses players in U.S. History through free interactive educational games. Mission 3 focuses on the transformation of Northern Cheyenne life on the Great Plains from 1866 to 1876. Students assume the role of Little Fox, a twelve-year-old Northern Cheyenne boy to experience how everyday life in his tribe is impacted as they adapt to the United States’ expansion into the West.
“City of Immigrants” is the fourth entry in the Mission US multimedia project series that immerses players in U.S. History through free interactive educational games. Mission 4 engages students in the dynamic, dangerous world of New York City in the early 20th century as they assume the role of Lena Brodsky, a 14-year-old Jewish Russian immigrant.
Mission US is a multimedia project featuring free interactive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history.
Described as an online journal and multimedia companion to the Anthology of Modern American Poetry, produced by the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the site includes articles analyzing specific poems as well as the oeuvres of 161 modern American poets.
The MJP is a multi-faceted project that studies modernism and its rise in the English-speaking world, with periodical literature as its central concern. The project has a chronological range of 1890 to 1922 and a geographical range that includes wherever English language periodicals were published. The MJP also offers a range of genres that extends to the digital publication of books directly connected to modernist periodicals and other supporting materials for periodical study.
This website features The “Monuments Men,” a group from thirteen nations who comprised the MFAA section during World War II. They worked to protect monuments and other cultural treasures from the destruction of World War II. In the last year of the war, they tracked, located, and in the years that followed returned more than 5 million artistic and cultural items stolen by Hitler and the Nazis. For their service, they were recognized with the National Humanities Medal of 2007
This free educational site is dedicated to a discussion of the music, persona, and world of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, including primary sources, a discussion forum, an image bank, and more...
A gaming app based on an infamous murder in 19th-century Boston. A week before Thanksgiving, 1849, Dr. George Parkman, one of the richest men in Boston, went missing. Professor John Webster was arrested and put on trial for the murder. A superb history game.
A homework help site that includes an overview of facts and biographical information on figures of Mexican history. The site is sponsored by the National Museum of History of Mexico, housed at the Chapultepec Castle. Advanced and native-speaking students. AP recommended.
Introduction and access to children’s audio tours as a fun way to learn about the masterpieces of the museum’s rich collections. Intermediate through advanced students.
Produced by the Oxford Museum of the History of Science, this site uses online exhibitions, essays, and images to chart important events in the history of scientific development.
Historical documents, activities, and training for educators and students.
The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance.
The site spans a wide variety of topics with in-depth studies, online tours, podcasts, and videos of artists, media, and movements from exhibits housed in the National Gallery of Art. Discover highlights of the National Gallery of Art collections with Your Art app for iPhone and iPod Touch.
Official site of one of Britain’s most famous art galleries, with an educators section providing high-resolution zoomable pictures and more.
Japanese Bird-and-Flower Paintings by Itō Jakuchū (1716–1800). Celebrating the centennial of Japan's gift of cherry trees to the nation's capital, this exhibition features one of Japan's most renowned cultural treasures
Cultural, educational, and informational resources for teaching geography and world history.
Working from the collection, the museum has many kinds of resources that it makes available. These include teacher workshops, videos for loan as well as online curriculum you can use in your classroom.
The National Park Service site provides visitors with educational resources that deal with America's past. The site offers links to people, places, objects, and events of the past.
Portraits in all media, and archives dedicated to the portraits of men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States.
This NEH-funded online archive of educational resources on the history of natural law, natural rights, and American Constitutionalism was designed and written by scholars associated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
Neoclassicism is an intellectual and artistic movement that shaped the thought, minds, and civic ideals of Americans for 150 years. These lessons and resources for college-level courses provide a fresh survey of American neoclassicism for students and a general audience.
A PBS-produced site that addresses both historical and contemporary immigration issues in the United States.
Documentary resources for the study of FDR and his Depression-era programs.
A free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Georgia; updated regularly to ensure that the content is accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
A comprehensive education on the workings of a major orchestra. Includes interactivities and games.
New York City has welcomed more immigrants to America than any other city. This interactive map website is an engaging and informative tool on the history of Manhattan and its diverse inhabitants.
Created in honor of the Bicentennial of Independence and the Centennial of the Revolution in 2010, this site is a resource for teaching about the Mexican Revolution and Mexican Independence. Early intermediate and younger native-speaking students.
From Portal Sepiensa Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), one of six interactive microsites on animals living in various environments. The site has informative pages with activities on a variety of animals and their characteristics. Intermediate through advanced students.
From Portal Sepiensa Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), one of six interactive microsites on animals living in various environments. The site has informative pages with activities on animals from the farm and their characteristics. Intermediate through advanced students.
From Portal Sepiensa, Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), one of six interactive microsites on animals living in various environments. The site has informative pages with activities on animals from the jungle and their characteristics. Intermediate through advanced students.
From Portal Sepiensa Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), one of six interactive microsites on animals living in various environments. The site has informative pages with activities on animals of the forest and their characteristics. Intermediate through advanced students.
From Portal Sepiensa, Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), one of six interactive microsites on animals living in various environments. The site has informative pages with activities on animals from the desert and their characteristics. Intermediate through advanced students.
From Portal Sepiensa Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), one of six interactive microsites on animals living in various environments. The site has informative pages with activities on animals from the sea and their characteristics. Intermediate through advanced students.
Jointly designed by NOVA and PBS, this site gives elementary and middle school students an overview of Egyptology and the continuing archaeological excavation of the Pyramids at Giza.
NYPL Digital Gallery provides free and open online access to hundreds of thousands of digital images from NYPL collections, including illuminated manuscripts, historical maps, rare prints and photographs, and more.
Sponsored by the New York Public Library, this site contains an extensive primary source archive of photographs, woodcuts, and other images of 19th century African-Americans from the Schomburg Collection.
The Ohio Memory Project brings together primary sources from all parts of the state in order to provide access to the rich, historical treasures of Ohio.
Since Summer 2012, this triannual magazine has dedicated each issue to thoughtful articles on classroom-worthy subjects from ethics, to African Americans in history, to medicine. Print articles from the magazine; discuss the issues in class; and check out the "Extra" section for classroom discussion questions and more online resources. (Don't forget to consult the "Archives" tab for back issues.)
With NEH funding, the long running NPR program On Being (formerly called Speaking of Faith) has produced a series of biographical programs of influential 20th-century historic figures: Sister Aimee Semple McPherson, Takanka Iyotaka (Sitting Bull), Albert Einstein, Charles Darwin, Abraham Joshua Heschel, and Reinhold Niebuhr. These portraits focus on their lives and thought, their spiritual development, the effect of their work on others, and their impact in contemporary society — bringing special attention to their religious context and milieu.
Exhaustive list of text-encoded books available for free online through various sources. Also includes banned book feature.
Liberty Fund's Online Library of Liberty makes available at no charge to the public hundreds of full-length classic texts which have contributed to our understanding of the nature of individual liberty, limited and constitutional government, and the free market.
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Nevada; updated regularly to ensure that they are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
A companion site to the PBS series on the first wave of westward expansion.
The Oriental Institute, dedicated to studies of the ancient Near East, maintains a vast collection of artifacts from the region as well as a valuable Teacher Resource Center.
From the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission (PHMC). Includes images of historical documents and narratives, placing them in a regional, state, or national context, and, where appropriate, includes transcriptions of each record as well as helpful links for further research.
To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, the National Archives invites you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union."
A comprehensive one-stop resource for teaching international and area studies and foreign languages in the precollegiate classroom.
Digital library from the George Washington Archives, including historical materials on Washington's life and times, as well as a selection of Washington's papers.
Part of the American Experience series on PBS, Henry Ford documents the most influential American innovator of the 20th century, and offers an incisive look at the birth of the American auto industry with its long history of struggles between labor and management.
David Grubin’s landmark documentary series explores 350 years of Jewish American history. This quintessentially American story chronicles the struggle of a tiny minority who make their way into the American mainstream while, at the same time, maintaining a sense of their own identity as Jews. It includes essays on Jewish life in America, video clips, and resources for educators.
Latino Americans chronicles the rich and varied history and experiences of Latinos from the first European settlements to the present day. The website contains trailers from all episodes, a timeline, and an opportunity to upload your own video history.
The site includes an episode guide, a handful of interactive features such as an interactive simulation of the Battle of Waterloo, a closed bulletin board, video clips, and a timeline of Napoleon's life. Four online classroom guides are designed for middle and high school classrooms.
This documentary for PBS by award-winning filmmaker David Grubin and narrated by Richard Gere, tells the story of the Buddha’s life, a journey especially relevant to our own bewildering times of violent change and spiritual confusion. It features the work of some of the world’s greatest artists and sculptors, who across two millennia, have depicted the Buddha’s life in art rich in beauty and complexity. Hear insights into the ancient narrative by contemporary Buddhists, including Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Supreme Court is a four-part series examining the nation's highest court, from its earliest days until Bush v. Gore. The site features a series of lesson plans, learning games, interviews, and more.
PAFA's museum is known for its collections of 19th- and 20th-century American paintings, sculptures, and works on paper. Its archives house important materials for the study of American art history, museums, and art training.
This NEH-supported site draws from the Philadelphia City Archive, one of the country's largest municipal archives. Discover 2 million photographs, dating from the late 1800s, with gorgeous images of Philadelphia and its arts, history, culture, and people. Apps for iPhone and Droid.
An exciting new initiative from the National Endowment for the Humanities which brings masterpieces of American art into classrooms and libraries nationwide. Through this innovative program, students and citizens will gain a deeper appreciation of our country’s history and character through the study and understanding of its art.
Picturing America on Screen is an NEH-funded documentary film project produced by Channel 13, WNET, New York. A group of 25 films created by 9 talented directors presents a sampling of Picturing America ranging from ancient Anasazi pottery to the sculpture of Martin Puryear.
A resource developed from NEH Summer Institutes held at Salem State University that explore early American art and culture. The website assists teachers of American history, literature, art, geography, social studies, American studies, and other fields who wish to incorporate American art into their classrooms. It includes podcasts, unit plans, and print and electronic bibliographies.
Picturing Hawai'i is a new curriculum from the Honolulu Museum of Art. The comprehensive Teachers Resource Book and accompanying six images show how to use works from the museum's collection to supplement lessons in history, fine arts, language arts, math, and science.
Site contains interactive exercises designed to: Deepen students' understanding of common topics in the study of modern America 1880-1920; Build students' skills in analyzing primary sources; Generate questions that students can pursue by searching in American Memory and other sources.
Picturing United States History: An Interactive Resource for Teaching with Visual Evidence is an NEH funded digital project based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. This website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into their classrooms. The Picturing U.S. History site will also serve as a clearing house for teachers interested in incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, American literature, or other humanities courses.
The site presents a collection of searchable texts, including court records, Colony laws, 17th century texts, research and analysis of various topics, biographical profiles of colonists, probate inventories, wills, maps, town and fort plans, and architectural and material culture studies.
Searchable collection of objects and texts related to the history of Texas. Offers a “Young Scholars’ Page” for easy student access.
Documentary resources dedicated to all 43 American presidents, including presidential speeches, biographies, and other materials related to the presidential office.
Provides a single point of access to an ever-growing selection of digitized assets from the collections of the twelve Presidential Libraries of the National Archives. Includes documents, photographs, audio recordings, and video relating to the events of the presidents’ lives (U. of Texas, Presidential Libraries).
Website for the award-winning NEH-supported documentary film, Prince Among Slaves: The Cultural Legacy of Enslaved Africans. With the goal of deepening public understanding about the impact and legacy of American cultural and religious history in the antebellum era, and its influences on our pluralistic society today, the website features rich content expanding on three theme areas: identity, Muslims in early America, and the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. Lessons included.
Prints and the Pursuit of Knowledge celebrates Northern Renaissance artists' contributions to the scientific investigations of the 16th century through prints, books, maps, as well as sundials, globes, and more. Videos suitable for classroom viewing about the exhibit and the works of art are available from iTunes University.
From Juventudes Musicales of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, a site to learn basic letters and sounds in Spanish. Content is mostly auditory and is also recommended as a supplement to immersion and bilingual instruction. Early intermediate students.
Public Art in the Bronx, a project of Lehman College Art Gallery/City University of New York, examines the rich collection of public art found in the borough. This site provides an overview of works in public places from the earliest created in the 19th century, those produced under the WPA, and those being produced today.
Crow Canyon Archaeological Center brings the Pueblo Indians of the Southwest to life showing how their culture developed from ancient times to the present with a glossary, maps, photos, reconstructions, and video, Visit with Respect.
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of Puerto Rico is updated regularly to ensure that they are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
A traveling exhibit and website project of the American Anthropological Association, this site uses history, science, and lived experience to explain differences among people and reveal the reality—and unreality—of race. Discover a virtual exhibit tour, resources for middle and high school teachers, STEM resources, and a robust American history section with interactive timeline.
From CONACULTA (Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes), this site showcases authentic audio materials on cultural and educational news from Mexico (México). Advanced intermediate through advanced students.
On February 29, 1704, a force of French and Native allies launched a daring raid on the English settlement of Deerfield, Massachusetts. This interactive site recounts the events, individuals, and historical background to this incident. A superb overview of early colonial America.
This NEH-funded archive based at University of Nebraska–Lincoln Center for Digital Research in the Humanities traces the growth of railroads, telegraphs, and steam ships from 1850 to 1900 and the dynamic social change they brought to America. The website includes primary sources and teaching materials.
Explores the story of the first black rebels to beat American slavery and leaders of the largest slave rebellion in U.S. history.
This site is the product of the Religious Worlds institute, a project of the Interfaith Center of New York and Union Theological Seminary, with support from the NEH. The site offers an array of lesson plans, curriculum idea, and professional development based on NEH Summer Institutes for School Teachers that delve into the doctrines of the world's major religions and encourage academically grounded engagement with the social realities of contemporary religious communities.
This website is a product of a National Endowment for the Humanities Curriculum Development grant. It offers an online resource for teaching about the art of the great Dutch painter Rembrandt van Rijn focusing on those works held in collections across the United States.
In this American Radio Works radio documentary podcast and website, funded by NEH, Americans—black and white—remember life in Jim Crow times.
The NEH-funded film by Stephen Ives, Reporting America at War, explores the role of American journalists from San Juan Hill to the beaches of Normandy, from the jungles of Vietnam to the Persian Gulf in a the three-hour documentary.
Revolution '67 is an account of events too often relegated to footnotes in U.S. history — the black urban rebellions of the 1960s. Focusing on the six-day Newark, NJ, outbreak in mid-July, Revolution '67 reveals how the disturbances began as spontaneous revolts against poverty and police brutality and ended as fateful milestones in America's struggles over race and economic justice. Voices from across the spectrum recall lessons as hard-earned then as they have been easy to neglect since.
Trace the Age of Revolution (1763-1815) in a global narrative, including the American struggle against British rule, the British struggle toward the abolition of slavery, the French attack on aristocracy, and the Haitian slave revolt-turned revolution. The classroom materials include a teachers’ guide with background information, lesson plans and extension activities; primary sources; Life Stories; and a multi-layered timeline. The guide is available as a PDF.
The Rijksmuseum is the largest museum in the Netherlands, and is internationally renowned for its exhibitions and publications and not only are these high quality products, but are also areas in which the museum extends the boundaries of scholarship and encourages new insights.
A companion site to the PBS series tracing American musical traditions along the Mississippi River.
The University of South Carolina marked the centenary of Robert Louis Stevenson's death in 1894 with a special exhibition illustrating his life and writing career. The original exhibit included most of Stevenson's first editions, the early magazine publication of Treasure Island and other adventure stories, and a full range of his travel writings, sensation fiction, and later Scottish novels. This online version includes additional materials not included in the original exhibit as well as links to other sites of interest.
The Samuel Gompers Papers collects, annotates, and makes available, primary sources of American labor history. Founded by Stuart Kaufman in 1974, the project has published two microfilm series of union records and nine volumes of Gompers' papers.
Links to information about India, Pakistan, and other South Asian countries.
A journey through the history of Mexico with a rich comprehensive survey of Mexican history from Pre-Columbian times to the end of the twentieth century created by the Secretaría de Educación Pública (México). Advanced students. AP recommended.
The September 11 Digital Archive uses electronic media to collect, preserve, and present the history of September 11, 2001 and its aftermath. The Archive contains more than 150,000 digital items, a tally that includes more than 40,000 emails and other electronic communications, more than 40,000 first-hand stories, and more than 15,000 digital images.
Seventeen Moments in Soviet History contains a rich archive of texts, images, maps and audio and video materials from the Soviet era (1917–1991). The materials are arranged by year and by subject, are fully searchable, and are translated into English. Students, educators, and scholars will find materials about Soviet propaganda, politics, economics, society, crime, literature, art, dissidents and hundreds of other topics.
The Folger Shakespeare Library site for kids, with activities for children and families.
Shakespeare: From the Globe to the Global is a collaborative production of the college teacher-participants in a 2011 NEH summer humanities institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Over the course of five weeks, and with the guidance of faculty experts, the institute explored the historical developments through which the hyperbolic ambition signaled by the name of Shakespeare’s theatre became a reality.
This site tells the story of Shays' Rebellion, an uprising against the Massachusetts government in 1786. It features essays on the topic, an encyclopedia of related figures, artwork, and maps. It also offers lesson plans. A timeline (1774-1820) presents key events over the years leading up to Shays' Rebellion, during the rebellion itself, and in its aftermath.
Interactive encyclopedia of literary forms and figures of speech.
With lesson plans, classroom interactives, and an essay contest, this site specially features a venture into the lives and works of eight famous artists.
Slavery by Another Name is a 90-minute, NEH-funded documentary challenging one of America's most cherished assumptions: the belief that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. The film is viewable online and the website enriched with an interactive map and timeline with text, videos, photos, a searchable selection of themes, enriched with clips, commentary, and more.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum website is a colorful, comprehensive collection of over 3,000 of the museum's digitized works that includes an online calendar showcasing different artwork for each day of the month.
Provides leadership in education at the Smithsonian and produces a variety of programs, services, and resources for the education and museum communities.
Features comprehensive virtual tours of the institution’s current exhibits. A timeline maps the history of the United States through artifacts that are in the museum’s collection. The “Our Story In History” link leads to information on the museum’s educational programming that includes several interactive activities. Both teachers and students may browse the site’s recommended reading list, either by century, or ethnic history.
A new digital resource from the Library of Congress explores American history through song: with maps, recordings, videos, curator talks, a timeline, and more!
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of South Carolina is updated regularly to ensure that the contents are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
Note: the orginal website is now defunct. The version linked here accessible via the Way Back Machine is incomplete but still gives valuable information from the original site.
The Stalin Project is a multi-media, interactive resource about Stalin and the Soviet people. This site includes text written by the top scholars in the field, a database of over 500 images, primary source documents, videos, lesson plans, and other interactive material.
The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, was designed from its inception (September 1995) as a dynamic reference work. In a dynamic reference work, each entry is maintained and kept up to date by an expert or group of experts in the field. All entries and updates are refereed by the members of a distinguished Editorial Board before they are made public.
Tate Liverpool exhibition of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, explores how the stories have influenced the visual arts, inspiring generations of artists for 150 years since its publication. Explore the interactive.
Teacher guides that provide balanced perspectives on a range of humanities topics.
A storehouse of information on Japanese culture.
Discover the great currents of continuity and change throughout Middle Eastern history. Scholars from the University of Chicago include scholarly essays and lesson plans for your classroom.
Charles "Teenie" Harris (1908-1998) photographed Pittsburgh's African American community from c. 1935 to c. 1975. His archive of nearly 80,000 images is considered one of the most important documentations of 20th-century African American life. Search the archives of this NEH-funded project, follow image threads, watch a video about the artist, and enjoy using this rich resource in your classroom.
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Tennessee is updated regularly to ensure that its contents are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps, so check back frequently to see what's new.
A public education project of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin that interprets and shares the results of archeological and historical research on the cultural heritage of Texas.
The Civil War in Art: Teaching and Learning through Chicago Collections from the Terra Foundation for American Art is designed for teachers and students to learn about the Civil War and connect to the issues, events, and people of the era through works of art. Included is an image gallery, classroom projects, a glossary, and more...
The Loving Story, a documentary film, tells the story of Richard and Mildred Loving to examine the drama, the history, and the current state of interracial marriage and tolerance in the United States.
The National September 11 Memorial is a tribute of remembrance and honor to the nearly 3,000 people killed in the terror attacks of September 11, 2001 at the World Trade Center site, near Shanksville, Pa., and at the Pentagon, as well as the six people killed in the World Trade Center bombing in February 1993.
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Oregon is updated regularly to ensure that they are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps so check back frequently to see what's new.
"The Presidents," part of the American Experience series on PBS, explores the lives and times of the individuals who have held the highest office in the land. Look at the presidency in the 20th century and through its office see the drama of contemporary America—war, economic hardship, women's rights, race relations, our triumphs and our tragedies. EDSITEment also has a companion feature/index that highlights video segments as they pertain to relevant EDSITEment content.
Hosted by the History Teaching Institute at Ohio State University, this page has a variety of lesson plans that educate students on how the development of science in Europe related to ongoing revolutions in politics, religion, and society. These lessons are rich in primary source readings from figures like Sir Isaac Newton, Galileo, and Johannes Kepler.
On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem.
The Film Foundation offers an interdisciplinary curriculum to expose new generations to classic cinema and to teach them about the cultural, artistic, and historical significance of film. Teaching Units include: Robert Mulligan’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Frank Capra’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), and Robert Wise’s The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951).
The Poetry Center's Audio Video Library features recordings from the Center's long-running Reading Series and other readings presented under the auspices of the Center.
Website for the PBS film War of 1812. Includes short scholarly essays on the American, British, Canadian & Native American perspectives on the war, the role of black sailors and soldiers, diplomatic maneuvers, James Madison’s leadership, and the military campaigns. Multiple lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school levels.
The War That Made America tells the story of the French and Indian War (1754-1763), which began in the wilderness of the Pennsylvania frontier and spread throughout the colonies, into Canada, and ultimately around the world. it is narrated and hosted by Graham Greene, the Academy-Award nominated actor for Dances With Wolves and an Oneida Indian whose ancestors fought in this war.
Devoted to research and scholarly exchanges on the Constitution. Through the sites activities and those of others, students will come to a greater awareness and comprehension of the American Constitution.
This “interactive hypermedia repository” describes itself as a “dynamic online environment that serves as a reading aid for the interested general reader and as a research tool for professional readers of Gray’s work.”
Monticello, the mountaintop home of Thomas Jefferson and the only home in America on the elite World Heritage List of the United Nations, is owned and operated by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (formerly the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation).
In this American Radio Works podcast and website, partially funded by NEH, Stephen Smith presents the story of Thurgood Marshall's remarkable career. In 1967, Marshall became the first African American named to the United States Supreme Court; but his most significant legal victory came when Marshall was on the other side of the bench, arguing the landmark Brown v. Board of Education case. Before he joined the Supreme Court, he was the nation's leading civil rights lawyer.
Time Warp Trio is an NEH-funded television program on PBS. The animated series follows three children who travel through space and time to explore world history and cultures. The website features games and lesson plans.
Historical maps and pages on the traditional culture of Native Americans along the Lewis and Clark trail.
This site provides clear, multi-layered humanities and scientific content that seeks to educate elementary school students about the ocean and the life it contains.
This website, established to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers’ flight, has a “comprehensive collection of outstanding educational essays, multimedia and links regarding the history of flight.”
This website, maintained by the Office of the Federal Register, contains information and statistics about past and present presidential elections.
The U.S. History Resources assists students and teachers in high school U.S. history courses. For some, the understanding of the "big picture" gets lost in the sheer volume of facts, dates, people, and movements. When this happens, history can become more of a memorization exercise than a thoughtful analysis of how and why things occurred. This site attempts to simplify American history without making it simplistic.
Exhibition Program Education Services develops digital standards-aligned resources for elementary through higher education in the disciplines of health education, history, literature, science, social studies, and technology that enhance their online exhibitions. The Services also provide onsite exhibition tours, school field trips, and professional development programs for K–12 educators.
Resources for middle and high school study of gender issues in American history.
This PBS site tells the dramatic story of a war in which Mexico lost almost half of its national territory to the United States. This national Emmy Award-winning documentary series explores the events surrounding the conflict between two neighboring nations struggling for land, power and identity. NOTE: there is also a Spanish version.
This website from the University of Virginia presents a vast multimedia archive of primary material, 1830 to 1930, organized around Harriet Beecher Stowe's seminal work. Educators should preview the material, particularly the various representations of race and slavery in the archive, to determine what is appropriate for use in their own classroom discussion.
Straightforward access to the museum's archives, including photographs, transcripts of lectures, and guidelines for teaching about the Holocaust.
Games, resources, and exhibitions dedicated to uncovering da Vinci’s life and thoughts.
This site features photographs, primary source documents, and audio/video resources focused on the humanities, natural sciences, and regional cultures of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
The Project is an on-going oral history project from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, dedicated to collecting and preserving the experiences of thousands of American veterans. It also includes the stories of U.S. citizen civilians actively involved in supporting the war effort.
Resources on literature, politics, science, and art during the Victorian age in Great Britain.
Vietnam: A Television History carefully analyzes the costs and consequences of a controversial but intriguing war. The series provides a detailed visual and oral account of the war that changed a generation and continues to color American thinking on many military and foreign policy issues.
Primary documents on the first permanent English settlement in the New World.
Offered through the Social History Project at City University of New York, this special feature of the NEH-funded Picturing History website, contains targeted videos, lectures, and a wealth of visual and textual primary source material on Civil War subjects for the classroom.
The goal of this "visual sourcebook" is to add to the material teachers can use to help their students understand Chinese history, culture, and society.
Visualizing Cultures explores the potential of the Web for developing innovative image-driven scholarship and learning, particularly around issues of bridging cultures. Topical units found here focus on Japan in the modern world and early-modern China, but the thrust of these explorations extends beyond Asia per se, to address "culture" in much broader ways—cultures of modernization, war and peace, consumerism, images of "Self" and "Others," and so on.
Visualizing Emancipation is a comprehensive map and timeline illustrating the slow decline of slavery in the United States. It provides quick access to thousands of primary source documents in connection with this timeline.
Voices Across Time, from the University of Pittsburgh, was created to help teachers supplement secondary American social studies, language arts, and music curriculums through guides, lesson plans, and teaching resources using the power of song.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade Database is the culmination of several decades of independent and collaborative research by scholars drawing upon data in libraries and archives around the Atlantic world.
Take a tour through a virtual reconstruction of Rome! A community of scholars, both teachers and students, created these on-line resources for teaching Latin and ancient Roman culture.
The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore presents an overview of world art from pre-dynastic Egypt to modern masterpieces. Creative Commons licenses are available for the NEH-supported online collection. "Integrating the Arts" offers visual arts resources to teach concepts of social studies, science, language arts, and math curricula.
The National Park Service produced this virtual tour of the historic events and sites of the Civil Rights Movement.
Documentary resources on the expedition that led to the founding of San Francisco.
This site is a story about the spirit of American agriculture. The physical site includes a house that David Wessels and his brother lived in for a period of time when they moved to town.
This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of West Virginia is updated regularly to ensure that its contents are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps so check back frequently to see what's new.
Created through the joint efforts of the Western History/Geneology Department of the Denver Public Library and the Colorado Historical Society, this site is an archive of more than one million images documenting the history of Colorado and the American West.
Through the use of stories, speeches, and songs, this site seeks to educate hearts and minds about American ideals, American identity and national character, and the virtues and aspirations of our civic life. A ten lesson curriculum is included which covers the following topics: National Identity and Why It Matters, Freedom and Individuality, Equality, Enterprise and Commerce, Freedom and Religion, Law Abidingness, Self Command, Courage and Self-Sacrifice, and Compassion.
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
Between 1940 and 1973, six American presidents from both political parties secretly recorded just under 5,000 hours of conversations. This site is designed as a service to the research community by making freely available all of the presidential recordings, along with relevant research materials, so that scholars, teachers, students, and the public can hear and use these remarkable tapes for themselves.
Learning units explore American technological history through developments in textile manufacturing.
Most of the best English language writers found their way to Don Swaim's CBS Radio studio in New York. The one-on-one interviews typically lasted 30 to 45 minutes and then were down to a two-minute radio show. Listen to the voices of many of the greatest writers of the twentieth century.
The site provides accurate information about the history of the Salem witch trials using primary documents almost exclusively. These texts include complete court documents, profiles of those involved, rare books and treatises about witchcraft and the Salem trials, and original maps.
Research projects on the role women have played in the struggle for social justice.
Reflects emphasis on comparative issues, a focus on contacts among different societies, and an attentiveness to global forces. (Center for History & New Media, George Mason University)
A photographic exhibition of notable American women of the 20th century; from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.
Digitized texts and objects related to women working between 1800 and 1930, with a teacher resource page that provides five themed exhibits for incorporation in a lesson.
Women, War & Peace is a five-part PBS television series challenging the conventional wisdom that war and peace are men’s domain. The vast majority of today’s conflicts are not fought by nation states and their armies, but rather by informal entities: gangs and warlords using small arms and improvised weapons. The series reveals how the post-Cold War proliferation of small arms has changed the landscape of war, with women becoming primary targets and suffering unprecedented casualties.
World History for Us All is a powerful, innovative model curriculum for teaching world history in middle and high schools.
A resource center designed to help high school and college world history teachers and their students locate, analyze, and learn from online primary sources and to further their understanding of the complex nature of world history, especially the issues of cultural contact and globalization. From the Center for History & New Media at George Mason University.
A multimedia research tool intended to facilitate the study of the Divine Comedy through a wide range of offerings. These include an encoded Italian text which allows for structured searches and analyses, an English translation, interactive maps, diagrams, music, a database, timeline and gallery of illustrations. Many of these features allow users to engage the poem dynamically through the integrated components of this site.
Young American Heroes tells stories of ordinary young people who have done extraordinary things in American history. Visitors can add to the stories already told here. Educators (teachers, parents, home-school learning coaches) can allow their students to use all of the video, graphic novel, and other tools available on the site for creating new story materials. The stories of these young American heroes are told on this website as well as through television programs shown on some PBS stations. This site includes graphic novel versions of the stories, selected videos, graphic novels, and other story materials that other users have created.