Fantastic resource for teachers of American History!

The last time I got this excited about a social studies resource it was National Geographic’s Beta Education site at

Well, recently I found an equally awesome resource; it’s the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History site at

This site provides numerous resources for the history teacher, and many of you may already know about it, but what really caught my eye the last time I visited was the multimedia section. Here you can access lectures on a wide variety of historical topics. The video segments, searchable by era or theme, run anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes in length. The mini lectures are presented by well-respected historians, including OSU’s Dr. David Staley!

As Ohio teachers are heading back to school and trying to integrate content from the 2010 standards, this professional development resource is a real winner! Simply select an era, theme or topic that you need help with and gain quick access to a historian who knows all about it!  Many of the videos will also work for students.  Lehrman offers a free subscription if you are a K-12 educator or student, and there’s information on becoming an  Affiliate School, which gives you even more benefits.

Let me know how you plan to use these resources!



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