History Matters

History Matters is a gateway to the Web for teachers of the U.S. History Survey course. It provides high school and college teachers (and their students) a starting point for exploring American history on the Web with 800 first-person historical documents for use in the classroom, an annotated guide to 700 quality, history websites, and a range of teaching resources (including sample syllabi, teaching assignments, and forums). HISTORY MATTERS is a project of the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University and the American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York. The HISTORY MATTERS website was created with support from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The 2002-2003 forums are funded by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

History Matters   http://historymatters.gmu.edu/

and http://www.ashp.cuny.edu/digital.html  (the general site of which it is a subset)

American memory: Historical Collections for the National Digital Library- Library of Congress

http://memory.loc.gov/learn/lessons/primary.html  is the section specifically on using local resources but the whole site could be useful

History Channel grants for partnership projects between schools and local historical societies that result in preservation of history.


Our Children’s Discovery Room includes an antique traveling trunk. Teachers are welcome to choose items from the room to pack in the trunk and keep in their classrooms for a month. Some teachers develop curriculum around these objects, others use them just as an adjunct to their usual curriculum.

If teachers would like to use primary resources from our collection as a curriculum tool, we will do our best to make a copy available to duplicate for classroom use.

We have collected some information about classroom history programs provided by other local groups that we would be happy to share with teachers.