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.
Scholars from the University of Chicago developed, and master teachers tested, this resource to provide an overview of Middle Eastern cultures and their contributions to the world.
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.
Crafting Freedom Materials is a comprehensive NEH-funded resource on the African-American experience during the antebellum period. For teachers of social studies, language arts, and other humanities subjects.
The words of the King James Bible ring out today in books, poems, popular songs, speeches, and sermons. Visit Manifold Greatness for the story of one of the most widely read books in the English language.
The NEH Created Equal initiative uses the power of documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. The five films that are part of this project tell the remarkable stories of individuals who challenged the social and legal status quo, from slavery to segregation.
Virtual_Oaxaca is a virtual representation of Oaxaca, the city, surrounding archeological sites, and arts communities. Created by teachers in an NEH-funded Summer Institute. Plan a lesson, watch a video, and peek at Oaxaca on Second Life. More to come!
Read historical fiction stories that illuminate Chicago's past. Use the Interactive History Map to look closer at artifacts from the collection of the Chicago History Museum and to explore locations throughout the city from each story. Build further on your experience with classroom activities.
Picturing United States History, an NEH-funded project is based on the belief that visual materials are vital to understanding the American past. The website provides online "Lessons in Looking," a guide to Web resources, forums, essays, reviews, and classroom activities to help teachers incorporate visual evidence into the classroom. The site also serves as a clearing house for incorporating visual documents into their U.S. history, American studies, literature, and other humanities courses.
NEH funded online archive of educational resources on the history of natural law, natural rights and American Constitutionalism designed and written by scholars associated with the James Madison Program in American Ideals and Institutions at Princeton University.
The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) marked the 10th anniversary of the tragedy of September 11th with a series of events and opportunities for remembrance and reflection across the country.
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 site highlights recent research of scholars who have provided new insights about the cultures and histories of Indian peoples in the Midwest.
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 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.
Picturing Hawai'i is a new curriculum from the Honolulu Museum of Art. The comprehensive Teacher Resource Book and the accompanying six images show you how to use works from the Museum's collection to supplement your lessons in history, fine arts, language arts, math, and science.
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.
During the American Civil War, this battle catapulted Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson from relative obscurity to the first rank of Southern generals. Explore this interactive map of the second half of the campaign. Hosted by the Encyclopedia of Virginia. Image: General "Stonewall" Jackson. Virginia Historical Society, William Garl Brown, ca. 1865–1900
The Seven Days’ Battles, June 25–July 1, 1862, the decisive engagements of McClellan's Peninsula Campaign included Confederate Balloon Reconnaissance. "Jeb" Stuart became legend by executing his famous “Ride around McClellan.” Hosted by the Encyclopedia of Virginia.
A resource set developed by The Education Department at Mystic Seaport for the “Year of the Charles Morgan,” commemorating the re-launch of the Charles W. Morgan, the only remaining wooden whaling ship in existence. The materials and features found in this resource set contain primary source material and other content related to the Morgan and whaling. For more whaling resources, visit the Whaling Resource Set.
Ohioana Authors, supported in part by the Ohio Humanities Council, celebrates Ohio’s rich literary and historical heritage and Ohio’s contribution to American culture through the written word.
A resource developed from NEH Summer Institutes held at Salem State University exploring 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.
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.
This resource site for early American history features a constantly growing digital collection of primary sources — print and manuscript documents, as well as images — and transcribed versions of these materials from various libraries and archives. It also includes a host of K–12 teaching resources including timeline, interactive primary sources and lesson plans.
Race—Are We So Different? is a project of the American Anthropological Association. A traveling exhibit and website, it looks through the eyes of history, science, and lived experience to explain differences among people and reveal the reality—and unreality—of race. The site contains a virtual tour of the exhibit, resources for middle and high school teachers, STEM resources, and a robust American history section with an interactive timeline.
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.
Seven video essays, part of NEH's Muslim Journeys initiative, spotlight art forms from calligraphy to garden design seen through the lenses of history, trade, and artistic practice. Each video is accompanied by primary resources and related readings for further study.
A multi-media educational project, “Nature, Culture, and History at the Grand Canyon,” includes an interactive website and DVD, digital audio-tour, walking tour brochure, and educational resources for K–20 teachers including Travelin’ Trunks and Lesson Plans.
National History Day makes history come alive for America's youth by engaging them in the discovery of the historic, cultural, and social experiences of the past and inspiring them through exciting competitions and transforms teaching through project-based curriculum and instruction.
thinkFlorida.org is designed to bring the study of Florida into the classrooms. Created by the Florida Humanities Council, it combines articles written by distinguished humanities scholars with ideas and lesson plans from Florida teachers. Contains maps, photographs, and audio-visual resources.
Produced by the American Social History Project, City University of New York, and funded through NEH's Summer Seminars Program, this resource provides multimedia presentations by historians, art historians, and archivists that are accompanied by archival images; primary documents illuminating aspects of the subject; and a bibliography of books, articles, and online resources.
The National Archives and The University of Virginia Press developed this online resource with historical documents of the founders of the United States of America. Through this website, you will be able to read and search through thousands of records from George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison and see firsthand the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.
The NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center website displays a rich array of humanities and STEM teacher-created lesson plans from botany through history (and more) from the elementary level through the high school, as well as teacher development materials.
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.
Distinguished historian Gordon Wood, in conversation with President of Gilder Lehrman Jim Basker, discuss the idea of America.
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.
Explore historical maps, discover stories you never knew, find people and historical events related to the Mall's past.
This collaborative production of the college teacher-participants in a 2011 NEH summer humanities institute at the Folger Shakespeare Library models various approaches, contexts, and resources. Collectively, this sampler of participant themes with applications for teaching, faculty video clips, and annotated bibliographies provides exciting new materials for teaching and research.
MIT’s HyperStudio Lab for Digital Humanities’ investigative experience into decisions faced on the eve of the American Revolution by Boston’s Old North Church congregation in 1775.
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.
Standing Together is an NEH initiative to promote understanding of the military experience and to support returning veterans through films, literature, drama, discussion, and more.
The Emily Dickinson Museum in Amherst, Massachusetts, includes The Homestead, where the poet was born and lived most of her life, and The Evergreens, home of the poet’s brother and his family. It has been the site of several NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop for Schoolteachers. Teacher Resource page includes a number of curriculum projects from NEH Schoolteacher Summer Scholars.
This Massachusetts Humanities website provides teachers and middle-school students with the opportunity to engage in a range of philosophical discussions.
MassHumanities curriculum packet to teach about Massachusetts State House Women’s Leadership Project honorees and advocates for equal rights, Lucy Stone and Sarah Parker Remond.
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.
The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, the oldest continually-operating public art museum in the United States, has experienced an extensive renovation funded in part by NEH. Major exhibitions and newly refurbished collections offer new interpretive content and deeper engagement with the artwork. An online collection of educational resources provide creative strategies for effectively addressing student learning objectives through the visual arts.
This site hosts a library of virtual artifacts, education curricula, and museum exhibits (forthcoming). These programs are designed to foster research and study about the historical experiences of people with disabilities and their communities.
A multifaceted exploration of the people, places, as well as passages of the Bible is enriched by searchable themes, a timeline, glossary, and much more, including completely searchable texts for three English versions.
A New Nation Votes is a searchable collection of election returns from the earliest years of American democracy. The data were compiled by Philip Lampi. The American Antiquarian Society and Tufts University Digital Collections and Archives have mounted it online for you with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This digital collection from the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries offers resources for research into a variety of historical children’s literature, including comparative editions of classic texts.
This website, developed partially through funds from MassHumanities, is an interactive cartographic exploration of Thoreau's itineraries and mapmaking in his home state of Massachusetts. Includes essays, illustrations, and links to further information.
Teaching American Philosophy is a one of a kind resource for high school teachers looking for ways to introduce students to the philosophical ideas and debates that are central to American history, literature, political science, and science.