A statewide project equipping K-12 educators to teach Iowa history using primary sources

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Teaching Iowa History is a state-wide project led by the Iowa Museum Association, the University of Northern Iowa (UNI), Simpson College, Graceland University, Geographic Alliance of Iowa, and Iowa PBS Time Travel Iowa.  Key partners are Iowa’s museums and historical societies and the Museum Studies program at the University of Iowa. 

Teaching Iowa History raises awareness of the collections held in Iowa's museums and the importance of museums in preserving primary sources that inform the historical identity of Iowans, Iowa communities, and Iowa's role in the nation and world, by building a database of primary sources that may be used for education.

Teaching Iowa History provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers, in-service teachers, and museum educators to create lesson plans aligned with the new Iowa Social Studies standards, to assist Iowa educators in meeting those new standards using primary sources, bringing Iowa's museums and schools into closer alignment and partnership, highlighting the role of museums as K-12 educational partners and life-long active, choice-driven learning environments.

Made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, exploring the human endeavor; and this project is supported in part by the State Historical Society of Iowa, Historical Resource Development Program.