Main altar reredos, Mission San Miguel (detail)

The 14th Colony: A California Missions Resource for Teachers

NEH Summer Landmark for School teachers, The Fourteenth Colony, collection of K-12 instructional resources include multimedia spanning Native Californians, Missions, Presidios and Pueblos of the Spanish, and Mexican and early American traditions and eras. Primary sources, maps, and images document the cultural and historical geography of the California missions.

Peter Whittemore (left), a descendant of Herman Melville, reads from Moby Dick

A Revival of the American Spirit on the 38th Voyage of the Charles W. Morgan!

On the occasion of the Charles W. Morgan’s homecoming to New Bedford, Massachusetts (June 2014), a descendent of Herman Melville, Peter Whittemore, acting as one of the 38th Voyagers, delivers an open letter to the world in the form of a “top-gallant salute.” He draws inspiration from his ancestor’s novel, Moby Dick and reflects upon the 38th Voyage of the Morgan as a wake-up call for 21st-century environmentalism.

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Advice from the Experts for Your National History Day Project

Teachers and students ask real questions and hear advice from experts in the fields of documentary filmmaking, websites, exhibitions, performance, and research papers in these engaging one-hour Hangouts led by National History Day, NEH, Smithsonian, and Newseum staff.

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Exploring the Past: Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

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.

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Exploring the Past: Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley

The NEH-funded Summer Institute for School Teachers at the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center site hosts a collection of humanities and STEM teacher-created lesson plans from botany through history (and more), for the elementary through the high school level, as well as teacher development materials.

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The Aztecs and the Making of Colonial Mexico

The virtual exhibit from the Newberry Library focuses on Colonial Mexico and the intersection and interaction between a Spanish culture of written knowledge and an Aztec culture of oral knowledge and pictorial writing.

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Rickett's and Steinbeck's Sea of Cortez sardine boat, The Western Flyer, at dock

Tracking John Steinbeck in "The Grapes of Wrath"

Steinbeck scholar Susan Shillinglaw teams with Bill Gilly, professor of Marine Biology at Stanford University’s Hopkins Marine Station to discuss the influence of Steinbeck’s best friend, marine biologist Ed Ricketts, on Steinbeck and his work— in particular, "The Grapes of Wrath."

Backstreets of Oaxaca, pastel by Pearl Lau, NEH Participant, 2010


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!

1935 drawing of Steinbeck by James Fitzgerald. National Portrait Gallery.

John Steinbeck: A Voice for a Region, A Voice for America

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.