Curriculum Information | General Resources
Selected History Websites
The Big Three
The Library of Congress is the nation's oldest federal cultural institution and serves as the research arm of Congress. It is also the largest library in the world, with more than 130 million items on approximately 530 miles of bookshelves. The collections include more than 29 million books and other printed materials, 2.7 million recordings, 12 million photographs, 4.8 million maps, and 58 million manuscripts.
The Smithsonian Institute is the world's largest museum complex and research organization. Composed of 16 museums and the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. and 2 museums in New York City, the Smithsonian's exhibitions offer visitors a glimpse into its vast collection numbering over 142 million objects.
NARA, an independent Federal agency, is the United States’ national record keeper. NARA seeks to ensure ready access to the essential evidence that documents the rights of American citizens, the actions of Federal officials, and the national experience.
Additional Library of Congress Links
Additional NARA Links
General History Websites
- Digital History: An excellent index of various online resources – maps, biographies, museums, primary sources, interactive timeline, etc.!
- Primary Source Learning: A search engine for finding primary sources in the Library of Congress digital archives
- Teacher’s Oz
- American History Since Reconstruction
- America's Story
- A History of Us - for Teachers
- The Educator's Reference Desk
- Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire: Online Exhibit
- The New Deal Network: Document Library
- Project Gutenberg: Full Text Historical Books online
- Northwestern University Library: World War II Poster collection
- Rutgers Oral History Archive (focused on WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War)
- Mark Kornbluh's American History since 1877 Online Readings
- Columbus' First Letter (about the Americas)
- The Internet History Sourcebooks
- The Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History, and Diplomacy
- American Women's History: Digital Collections
- Documenting the American South
- Historical Census Browser
- New York Public LIbrary Digital Collections
- Drawing the Western Frontier
- Harper's Weekly on the Civil War
- Harper's Magazine Archive (1850-2007)
- The Making of America (Cornell University)
- American Studies at the University of Virginia
(great gateway site; also has hypertexts from American history)
Interactive Websites Aligned with BHH units
- When They Were Young: A Photographic Retrospective of Childhood
Website -- http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/young/young-exhibit.html
This is a Library of Congress website. K students may explore the photos of children long ago to compare with the photos from their own childhoods. During the Children Long Ago unit, students may also find objects in the long ago photos that we don’t see in our daily lives today.
We do not currently have an interactive site identified for 3rd grade.
- Alice Paul’s Attic
On this site built by the New Jersey History Partnership, students explore the virtual contents of a historic suffragist’s attic and seek to answer questions about her life and work from the available sources.
- The Road to Revolution Game
Twin Cities Public Television hosts this website. Our students may use this quiz-style interactive game as an engaging review and self-assessment.
Television Network Companion Sites
History Lesson Plans
National History Organizations
Bringing History Home is now
in all K-5 classrooms in the Cedar Rapids CSD and
Prairie College Community
The National History Education Clearinghouse has
reviewed two Bringing History Home units. The reviews assess the
Dr. Catherine Denial of Knox College has been the BHH lead
historian since the project began nine years ago.