Top History Web Site


  • The National Teaching History Education Clearinghouse - You will find the latest information on resources and best practices for teaching American History in your classroom.
  • Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
  • Teaching American History.org - Excellent site that allows you to browse historical American documents, explore the Progressive Era, Post World War II Era, listen to audio lectures, participate in discussions, and learn about upcoming summer seminars and institutes on Teaching American History.
  • National Archive Educators' Page - Welcome to the Digital Classroom, the National Archives' gateway for resources about primary sources, activities and training for educators and students. Lots of lessons and activities. A great resource for students for History Day.
  • Library of Congress Learning Page - The Learning Page is designed to help educators use the American Memory Collections to teach American history and culture. It offers tips and tricks, definitions and rationale for using primary sources, activities, discussions, lesson plans and suggestions for using the collections in classroom curriculum. An easy to use and fun site.
  • Historical Thinking Matters - This website focuses on key topics in U.S. history and is designed to teach students how to critically read primary sources and how to critique and construct historical narratives. The topics are: the Spanish American War, the Scopes Trial, Social Security, and Rosa Parks.
  • Video Examples of Historical Thinking - Watch historians demonstrate historical thinking using fascinating objects and documents from American History.
  • EASE History - An extensive resource that supports the learning and teaching of US History through hundreds of historical videos and photographs.
  • Best History Site - Best of History Web Sites is an award-winning portal that contains annotated links to over 1000 history web sites as well links to hundreds of quality K-12 history lesson plans, history teacher guides, history activities, history games, history quizzes, and more
  • Window into the Whitehouse - This exciting web site lets you eavesdrop on American presidents as they deliberate, debate, and reflect on key policy issues. All presidential recordings, declassified and released y their respective libraries, are on this site.
  • Presidential Libraries Archive: Hoover to Clinton - Links to the Presidential Libraries of the Presidents who lead the United States from the Great Depression to the dawn of the 21st Century. Lots of multimedia & interactive resources.
  • Chronicling America: Read Newspapers from 1900-1910 - Welcome to Chronicling America, enhancing access to America's historic newspapers. This site allows you to search and read newspaper pages from 1900-1910 and find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP).
  • Americanpresidents.org - A comprehensive collection of material about the Presidents of the United States and the history of the presidency. This web site features essays about each President and their lives before, during, and after their presidential terms. It additionally provides information about the First Lady and cabinet officials of each administration. Essays on the President at work delves into the function, responsibilities, and organization of the modern presidency and traces the history and evolution of presidential duties.
  • Teaching With Historic Places - Teach American History through more than 100 American historical places. This program has a variety of lesson plans and classroom activities that help teachers bring historic places into their classrooms.
  • National Archives: Digital Vaults - This interactive website presents more than 1200 items including documents, personal accounts, images, maps, and ephemera. It provides tools allowing users to collect and manipulate items. You can even create individual posters and movies from the items.
  • The Smithsonian History Explorer - Your gateway to innovative, standards-based online resources for teaching and learning American history, designed and developed by the National Museum of American History.
  • Civil Rights: Integrating with All Deliberate Speed - Includes comprehensive lesson plans, a historiography, and primary resources. Each lesson has a companion student site. Bring the struggle for civil rights, freedom and justice alive in your classroom.
  • Dewey Browse.Org - Don't be thrown off by the name of this site. It is amazing! This is truly one stop looking for multiple high quality resources for teaching social studies. Just scroll down and explore the many sites and topics. And who thought the Dewey Decimal system was boring?
  • Free Federal Resources for Educational Excellence - All the U.S. History links and resources that are available through the Federal government. The site can be overwhelming. Expect to do some searching around. This site is VERY comprehensive!
  • Our Documents.Gov - To help us think, talk and teach about the rights and responsibilities of citizens in our democracy, we invite you to explore 100 milestone documents of American history. These documents reflect our diversity and our unity, our past and our future, and mostly our commitment as a nation to continue to strive to "form a more perfect union.
  • Music Across the Eras - This unique site contains popular music organized from 1950-1982. An interesting resource!
  • The Henry Ford: With Liberty & Justice for All - Explore America's fight for freedom, witness the struggle to achieve it, and celebrate the courage to maintain it through this new exhibit. With Liberty & Justice for All is organized around 4 key topics: Independence, Freedom & Union, Votes for Women, and their Civil Rights Movement. This exhibit is appropriate for grades 4-12.
  • Historical Census Browser (Making Maps) - This site allows you to examine state and county data for individual census years (1790-1960) and using a GIS Tool, map various categories.
  • The Newberry Library - The Newberry Library provides a home to a world-class collection of books, manuscripts, and maps, and also to a growing community of readers. Our collections, spanning many centuries, feature a wide range of materials, from illuminated medieval manuscripts to rich genealogical resources, and from early printed books to the personal papers of Midwest authors. The Newberry offers highly acclaimed programs for serious readers: fellowships for scholars, seminars for undergraduates, professional development activities for teachers, and a variety of seminars, lectures, and workshops.
  • An American Adventure: From Ellis Island to the New York Tenements - Students travel back to 1916 in From Ellis Island to Orchard Street, an interactive game from New York's Lower East Side Tenement Museum. Players create a virtual identity and embark on a new life in New York City. Along the way, they make choices about what they will do for money, food, and fun. This video-intensive game is as absorbing as it is informative!
  • Experiencing War: Stories from the Veterans History Project - Examines military intelligence through the eyes of 22 veterans. See interviews, letters, and photos of soldiers dropped behind enemy lines to carry out incredibly dangerous missions. Read stories of soldiers who served as interrogators and interpreters, questioning captured prisoners and translating enemy documents. (Library of Congress)