Learning History at Home
Our editors have selected a wide variety of resources for learning history at home, for parents teaching their children as well as lifelong learners. Includes historic archives and images, interactive maps, online curriculum and resources for students and teachers, livestreaming events, history videos, games and quizzes, and more. Have one to recommend, please let us know.
And when we can, we love getting out and seeing historic sites and exhibits and history-related programs, and going on history walks. You’ll find more information on those in our Events list and our Travel section.
Last update: March 30, 2020 - New items are in bold.
Historic archives and images
- Library of Congress: Collections of images and documents, with many ways to explore them
- Google Arts & Culture: Museums and their art and artifacts presented in many different ways. Here are a few examples:
- National WWI Museum and Memorial
- Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
- The British Museum
- Historical figures
- George Washington, presented with narrative
- Historical events
- Anne Frank’s house see virtual tour for a more comprehensive look at her house to include videos
- Museum of the City of New York
- State museum of Pennslyvania
- Valley Forge
- National Museum of American History
- Newport Historical Society
- Lexington Historical Society
- White House Digital Collection
- Erie Canal Museum
- Ellis Island
- Great Wall of China
- Eustis Estate
- Gropius House
- Pottsgrove Manor
- Heinz History Center
- Museum of the American Revolution
- Eastern State Penitentary
- Museum of Newport History
- Nathan and Mary Johnson House in New Bedford, MA
- White House Mobile App
- Colletion of webcames and additional virtual tours: https://virtualschoolactivities.com/
Online curriculums and resources for students and teachers
- Khan Academy offers lessons on a wide variety of history-related topics, including AP history.
- AP History Study Guides
- Document your family history
- Large selection of history-related teaching aids
- Classroom resources: https://www.studentsofhistory.com/
- Mount Vernon lesson plans
- National Archives: Teaching using primary documents
- Maritime History resources from STEAMing into the Future
- White House History
- Mount Vernon weekly events - Mondays - Fridays at noon (Eastern)
- History at Play - See the Facebook page for various dates, times, and fees
- Plimoth Plantation: People of the Dawn - Mondays at 11 am (Eastern) - various dates - $10
- Tuesday April 6 at 7pm, the Norwood Historical Society Book Group will meet virtually to discuss Mitch Landrieu’s In the Shadow of Statues. They will meet over Zoom; please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest to receive an invitation. The book should be available on most public librariers as an e-book.
- "Kids on the Erie Canal" historical discussion on April 2
- History Camp: History Camp Boston 2019
- The History List: Videos tours of historic sites
- Crash Course, including European History, World History, US History - Extremely well done
- The History Guy - Dozens of videos roughly 15 - 20 minutes long on a wide variety of topics
- American Experience, from PBS, with many excellent programs, including The Great War (3 parts) and Influenze 1918
- Interviews with Veterans
- Museum of the American Revolution Archived Museum Programs
- Yale Lectures note the link includes a variety of subjects, but there are several great history lectures available
- Local History
Games and quizzes
- History Plunge
- Civics in the form of online games
- The Constitution Quiz
- History flashcards, diagrams, and study guides
- GeoPlunge-Dashing States. Downloadale app in your app store that focuses on U.S. States.
If you have recommendations for resources to add, please let us know.
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Larisa is a contributor to The History List and helps with History Camps in Boston, Philadelphia, and Richmond.