American History

American Scrapbook

American Scrapbook visits numerous sites, which represent the various phases of America’s development. Including in the battles of Lexington and Concord, Plymouth Colony, New Orleans Plantation House, the Cowboy, Small Town of 1840, the Circus and the American Southwest.

American Passages: A Literary Survey

American Passages: A Literary Survey is a 16-part American literature course. The video programs, print guides, and Web site place literary movements and authors within the context of history and culture. The course takes an expanded view of American literary movements, bringing in a diversity of voices and tracing the continuity among them. The materials, which are coordinated with the Norton Anthology of American Literature, can be used as the basis of a one or two-semester college-level course or for teacher professional development.

Primary Sources: Workshops in American History

Twelve high school teachers explore the use of primary source documents in the research and interpretation of American history. The programs feature informal lectures by prominent historians on pivotal events from the settlement of Jamestown to the Korean conflict and the Cold War. The teachers are led in discussions, debates, interviews, and role-playing as they investigate the original documents that “transmit the voices of America’s past.” Teachers will find the activities in this workshop can be adapted and used in their own classrooms.

Project Enlightenment

In an exercise of enlightenment, a group of high school students was transformed into citizens of 18th century America and staged a day of intellectual and enlightening conversation at Mount Vernon, the estate of George and Martha Washington.  Dressed in colonial costumes and conversing in character, students discussed government, culture, and plantation life.  This program offers highlights of the day’s activities.

America on the Move

America on the Move takes your students on a fascinating journey through the history of the United States from 1876 to 2000, using the lens of transportation. As an accompaniment to the National Museum of Natural History’s newest permanent exhibition, America on the Move explores historical moments, from the coming of the railroad to a California town in 1876 to the role of the streetcar and the automobile in creating suburban communities, to the transformation of a U.S. port by containerized shipping in the 1970s.

Slavery at Mt. Vernon

Mt. Vernon reflected George Washington’s Status in society and his accomplishments in establishing and leading a new nation built on the ideals of “liberty and justice for all.”  However, by the late 18th century, Mount Vernon was home to an enslaved community of over 300 men, women, and children.  House servants, field hands, and craftsmen built, maintained, and supplied many of the services needed to house, clothe, and feed the equivalent of a small townh

Searching For Slave History: A Digital Storytelling Project

Interpreting stories and imagining the past are important aspects of historical thinking. Searching for Slave History: A Digital Storytelling Project will engage students in the study of early African American history and slavery in this country through the art of storytelling. Students will also conduct research just like historians, analyzing primary source documents and audio recordings while mastering the technology required to create multimedia projects.

Real George Washington

An exciting program featuring a sneak preview of the many treasures in the galleries of the new Donald W. Reynolds Museum and Education Center and the Ford Orientation Center at the George Washington’s Mount
Vernon Estate & Gardens. This state-of-the-art exhibition space reveals the complex and multifaceted man that was the real George Washington.

One State Many Nations

This multimedia project studies the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Native American nations that have populated Ohio since prehistoric times. Using print and web resources that support the series, students will meet the nations and their leaders through a fun and interactive collection of exercises.

Freedom Is Not Free

This program highlights the Ohio Veterans Plaza on the Ohio State House grounds in Columbus. It pays tribute to all veterans.


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