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General Resources

  • 15 Minute History - podcast series devoted to short, accessible discussions of important topics in World History and US History.
  • Alpha History - This on-line textbook is written and edited by historians and teachers. It covers many areas of modern world history from 1763-1989 including: American, French and Russian and Chinese Revolutions, Weimar Germany, Nazi Germany, Holocaust, Cold War, Vietnam and more. Resources include: documents, graphics, photos, videos, timelines, short biographies, maps and apps.
  • American Experience - From PBS - Browse the entire series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online and find teacher’s guides, biographies, timelines and related articles and websites.
  • Best of History Web Sites - award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1200 history web sites as well as links to hundreds of K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more.
  • eHistory - from OSU - Your source for history on the web. Our collection of primary sources, documentary material, online books and reviews offers a window into the past for students and scholars of history.
  • An Eyewitness to History This site has photos, video clips and other documents from people who lived through history. The historical documents cover both U.S. and world history through several centuries through World War II.
  • Facing History - A wealth of resources explore racism, prejudice, and anti-Semitism. Educators receive immediate access to most of the materials after they create an online profile. There are curricula on a variety of topics, including the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Civil Rights, Darfur, and Bullying.
  • Famous Trials - from Socrates to George Zimmerman. Includes original essays, images, primary documents, maps, transcript excerpts, chronologies, video clips, court decisions, and other materials to aid readers in understanding the significance of historic trials. The look of the website is dated, but there is an abundance of information.
  • HistoryAnimated - Animated maps of key battles of the American Civil War, Revolutionary War, and WWII.
  • Mapping History - from the University of Oregon - Provides interactive and animated representations of historic events, developments and dynamics. Includes American, European, Latin American and African History.
  • Playing history aggregates info on free historical games, interactives and simulations in a simple, searchable database making it easy to find, rate, and review historical games.
  • History Pin is a tool to share small glimpses of the past with pictures and to build up the huge story of human history- very cool!
  • The Stanford History Education Group:
    • Beyond the Bubble unlocks the vast digital archive of the Library of Congress to create History Assessments of Thinking (HATs). Explore over 80 easy-to-use assessments that measure students' historical thinking rather than recall of facts.
    • The Reading Like a Historian curriculum engages students in historical inquiry. Each lesson revolves around a central historical question and features a set of primary documents designed for groups of students with a range of reading skills.


World History

  • Hyperhistory- Over 2000 files covering 3000 years of world history. VERY COOL! Great maps too!
  • The TimeMap of World Historyis an all inclusive look at world history. It combines maps, timelines and chronological narratives that work together to enhance historical understanding. New content added daily.
  • Ancient Egypt digital exhibit - Uncover many of the mysteries of ancient Egypt as you learn about excavation, mummification, and more
  • Ancient History Encyclopedia - All content is reviewed by expert editors.
  • Ancient Mesopotamia- this site was developed with the assumption that Mesopotamia is the story of humankind. The main menu offers topics to explore and there are essays, links to lessons and activities. Also, there are artifacts that the students can explore.
  • The purpose of AntiquityNOW’s Education Program is to instill in children an interest in ancient civilizations. AntiquityNOW has a variety of free content to supplement the classroom curricula including blog posts, educational projects, videos, curricula, ancient recipes and more organized by region/era.
  • China - Inventions, Innovations, and Other Contributions from Ancient China
  • Explore Ancient Egypt - In this multi-layered, highly visual interactive, view 360° panoramas, "walkaround" photos, and other breathtaking imagery shot throughout the Giza Plateau and ancient Thebes (modern-day Luxor)
  • Eternal Egypt will engage students with interactive features on artifacts, places, culture, and people of ancient Egypt. Everything moves, everything connects and blends into an intriguing virtual trip across deserts and through pyramids. Allow lots of time to peruse this site.
  • Odyssey Online - from Emory University - explore the ancient Near East, Egypt, Greece, Rome
  • The Roman Empire in the First Century provides a detailed look at the emperors of the time as well as other important historical figures. In addition, students are able to learn about the daily life of ancient Romans.


World War I
World War II
  • Densho - history of Japanese-American incarceration during World War II. The Archive contains more than 800 hours of interviews and visual histories as well as over 10,000 images documenting Japanese American history. The site also contains a timeline, links to other useful websites and recommended printed material. The Learning Center provides multidisciplinary lessons featuring firsthand accounts for upper elementary to undergraduate students.
  • National WWII Museum - Register for FREE to access lesson plans, essays, and multimedia resources.
  • Understanding Sacrifice - Teacher created lessons and activities to keep the memory of WWII soldiers alive and make history real for students. Lessons include objectives, materials and prep. steps, student procedures, assessments and more! Most lessons geared toward Social Studies and ELA, but activities also available for Art, Science and Math. Grades 6-12.
  • Anne Frank Museum--Official Anne Frank House website_A well made site detailing the life and diary of Anne Frank. View the place where she lived and the people with her through her years in hiding.
  • CANDLES (Children of Auschwitz Nazi Deadly Lab Experiments Survivors) was created by a Holocaust survivor. Information about Josef Mengele, eugenics and lots of first hand accounts of surviving Mengele twins.
  • Holocaust Museum Online- (Teacher's Page)- has a TON of ideas and information. This is THE BEST site for information on the Holocaust. Great for student research also.
  • Holocaust- "Cultural Plunder" is a site that shares a database of all the artwork that was stolen from the Jewish community by the Nazis.
  • Iwitness -an online application that gives educators and students access to search, watch, and learn from more than 1,000 video testimonies of Holocaust survivors and other witnesses.


  • Atomic Archive - This site explores the complex history surrounding the invention of the atomic bomb


  • Remembering Vietnam exhibition by the National Archives - presents both iconic and recently discovered National Archives records related to 12 critical episodes in the Vietnam War; includes photo, document and video galleries.

  • Vietnam Online from PBS offers a timeline, "who's who" biographies, maps, personal recollections and a teacher’s guide.


  • Frontline: The Gulf War an in-depth examination of the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf Crisis includes timeline, maps, tapes & transcripts; and video.

US History

  • American History - From Revolution to Reconstruction and beyond - Includes outlines, documents, essays, biographies and text of presidential speeches.
  • American Memory provides free and open access through the Internet to written and spoken words, sound recordings, still and moving images, prints, maps, and sheet music that document the American experience.
  • American Panorama is an interactive atlas highlighting events in American history.
  • The Authentic History Center - Primary resources from American pop culture. The Authentic History Center endeavors to tell the story of the United States primarily through popular culture. Includes timelines, photographs, articles, audio and video recordings and much more from pre-Revolution to present day.

  • Biography of America - Comprehensive website from Annenberg Lerner. Includes timelines, maps, videos, biographies and web links to sites with primary and secondary source materials. Covers new world exploration through 1999.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History - an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students, including a website that features videos, primary sources, AP US History exam prep, interactive features and much more.
  • HERB - from the American Social History Project - classroom-ready primary documents and teaching activities engage students with deep historical questions and are designed to support learning at every level.
  • HaveFunWithHistory.com - Free videos & activities for students, educators, and lovers of American History
  • Smithsonian's History Explorer is a full-featured search of all the educational resources from the National Museum of American History. (K-12)
  • History Matters - from George Mason University - Designed for high school and college teachers and students, serves as a gateway to web resources and offers other useful materials for teaching U.S. history.
  • The People History- This site has all kinds of fun information including: price comparisons, music, and technology, famous events and more. Organized by decade from 1800's to 2013.
  • Picturing America- is a collection of paintings by famous American Artists. Each beautiful picture is available to view online as well as in our own Media Center! The online version also has links for teachers to use the pictures in their classrooms. Information is given about the painting as well as the historical era it depicts. This is a great website for teachers.
  • Smithsonian's History Exploreroffers hundreds of free, innovative online resources for teaching and learning American history. For all grade levels and historical time periods beginning in 1620 through present day
  • Teaching with Historic Places from the National Park Service - regularly introduces new on-line lesson plans, featured collections, and professional development tools.
  • The U.S. Army Center of Military History Search by conflict and time period to find in-depth accounts of U.S. military operations.
  • Zoom In - AASL 2016 Best Websites for Teaching & Learning - uses primary and secondary sources to help students build literacy and historical thinking skills. It features 18 U.S. history units that supplement your regular history instruction. Each interactive inquiry engages students in reading documents closely, gathering evidence, and writing an argumentative or explanatory essay. In addition, Zoom In has templates that help scaffold student writing, using interactive outlines, tips, and sentence starters. Teachers can differentiate instruction by assigning individual students either a high or low level of writing support.
    Writing a supporting claim in the software.
    Writing a supporting claim in the software.

18th Century/Colonial/American Revolution

  • American Revolution Interactive Timeline for iPad - developed by The Museum of the American Revolution, this app offers beautiful imagery, video, and information through an interactive, zoomable timeline showcasing artwork, weapons, clothing, objects, and manuscripts from the Museum’s collection.

  • American Revolution Overview - This is a nice site for students doing research on the American Revolution.

  • The Coming of the American Revolution, from the Massachusetts Historical Society, provides primary sources, essays, questions to consider and more for 15 topics which examine the causes of the revolution and events leading up to Declaration of Independence.
  • Maps of Early America can be found here--battles, etc. 1562-1812.

  • Spy Letters of the American Revolution Read letters written by both American and British spies. Also find stories of spies and letters, routes of the letters, and biographies.

19th Century/Civil War

Lewis and Clark

War of 1812

Civil War -

  • Thank you Nora McFarlane for this information - If the Civil War is in your curriculum, the Ohio 9th Infantry reenactment soldiers would like you to know that they will come and share with your class or group for free. They will tailor their presentation to your needs - elementary through high school. The presentation can be anything from a general overview to battle or Ohio specific information. They can do indoor lectures/stations, or they can even set up camp on the school grounds. Each tent is a different station - medical, mess, a soldier's life, battles, weaponry (optional), etc. Again, they will work with your curriculum needs.

If interested, contact Bill West at 513-742-4499. They are knowledgeable and PASSIONATE about their topic!
  • Band Music from the Civil War Era- listen to brass band music from the Civil War Era.
  • The Civil War Trust is a non-profit organization devoted to informing the public of the war's history and the fundamental conflicts that sparked it. Their website includes a wealth of information including teacher resources (K-12) and primary sources.
  • Collected works of Abraham Lincoln is a site that contains everything ever written by our 16th president.
  • Crisis of the Union- Offers primary source material related to "The causes, conduct, and consequences of the U. S. Civil War." Search by author, title, date for political cartoons, paintings, pamphlets and books from 1830-1880.
  • Civil War Newspapers: Harper's Weekly was the most popular newspaper during the Civil War, and it featured stunning illustrations, and in depth stories on all the important people and events of the war.
  • Learn the Address - To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, documentarian Ken Burns, along with numerous partners, has launched a national effort to encourage everyone in America to video record themselves reading or reciting the Abraham Lincoln's famous speech.
  • The Smithsonian provides a great site about the Civil War, complete with articles, trivia and online Battlefield tours.
    • Ripped Apart, an iOS app developed by the Smithsonian, uses an inquiry-based approach to teach students about the Civil War. It incorporates primary documents and photographs. Users must solve puzzles to unlock clues and add notes to their journal.
  • Valley of the Shadow Project - See the Civil War from the perspective of two American communities-- Augusta County, Va., and Franklin County, Penn -- through letters, diaries, newspapers, census, and church records.

Slavery/Underground Railroad

  • Slavery in America - from PBS - Includes a timeline, first hand accounts of former slaves and links to additional resources.

Westward Expansion

20th Century

  • THE TOP 100 SPEECHES - an index to and substantial database of full text transcriptions of the 100 most significant American political speeches. You can also search by decade.
  • Veterans History Project Access a database of recorded interviews of local veterans, documentary materials (photographs, diaries, letters, etc.), and streaming videos of selected interviews.

Great Depression
  • Infohio has a nice Pinterest board listing reliable resources for studying and researching the Great Depression Era of 1930's
  • Voices from the Dust Bowl - from the Library of Congress - raudio recordings, images and print materials documenting the everyday life of residents of migrant work camps in central California in 1940 and 1941.
Civil Rights
  • Black History Month - This is a Livebinder created for Black History Month by Rosa Blocker. Very good - lots of resources!
  • The Civil Rights Digital Library represents one of the most ambitious and comprehensive efforts to date to deliver educational content on the Civil Rights Movement via the Web.
  • Finishing the Dreamis a new free online video series about the civil rights movement that includes interviews with people who participated in it. Other features are more than 100 stories about the 60-year movement from the NBC News archives and an embedable video widget that will be updated monthly with new video content. THIS IS AWESOME!
  • The King Center Imaging Project_ brings the works and papers of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to a digital generation. Includes primary resources.
  • Lessons of 1964: The Movement Continues - 1964 included a number of important civil rights events critical to the ongoing march for racial equality and justice. These resources can help take students back to this important year.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. - The Spirit of Service - From Scholastic, classroom-friendly resources, including videos, news articles, photographs, book lists, and lesson plans for grades 3-12.
  • Rosa Parks - Educational kit developed by the USPS. Stories and learning activities teach the advent of the Civil Rights movement.
  • Television News of the Civil Rights Era, 1950-1970, aims to collect, digitize, and present in streaming video format television news footage from the period and to make these valuable materials available to teachers and students.
  • Understanding Race - This site explores the concept of race in the U.S. from its colonial beginnings until the present time. Includes a timeline divided into the areas of government, science and society. Also includes teacher's guides for middle and high school.

21st Century

September 11
  • Learn About 9-11 gives information and great ideas on how to teach and discuss this memorable day.
  • The 9/11 Television News Archive is a library of news coverage of the events of 9/11/2001 and their aftermath as presented by U.S. and international broadcasters. A resource for scholars, journalists, and the public, it presents one week of news broadcasts for study, research and analysis.
  • September 11, 2001 Document Collection from the Avalon Project at Yale Law School

Native Americans

  • Indians of the Midwest is a great new database of information on all the tribes in the United States. (Newberry Library of Chicago)
  • Thank you Mr. Baird- Native Americans of Ohio


  • The American Presidency Project - great site for information on fireside chats, candidates’ remarks, party platforms, Inaugural Addresses, State of Union Speeches, Convention Speeches, and more. The site is an online resource containing thousands of documents on U.S. Presidents.
  • History.com - This site contains videos, speeches, photo galleries, memorable events, presidential facts, and much more.
  • JFK Digitized- John F. Kennedy's library is now online-complete with his famous speeches, exhibits, diaries and more!
  • Miller Center - US Presidents - Photo gallery, transcripts, documents, oral histories, dates, facts, speeches and much more.
  • POTUS (Presidents of the United States) - 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.
  • Presidential Primary Sources Project - Sponsored by the U.S. Presidential Libraries and Museums, National Park Service, and the Internet2 K20 Initiative. The programs are designed for students in grades 6-12. Students will interact live with presidential historians and park rangers to explore historical themes and events. The first 10 classrooms that register and complete videoconferencing testing for a particular program session will qualify as an interactive site. All other classrooms can tune into the web stream.
  • From Smithsonian:

State and Local History


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    • British Pathe YouTube channel - 85,000 videos featuring world history as chronicled by the legendary newsreel/documentary producer British Pathé. Events from 1910-1976.