Teaching Iowa History is a state-wide project led by the Iowa Museum Association to provide standard based instructional resources for the benefit of K-12 teachers which incorporate primary sources from public collections.

By incorporating primary sources into instructional resources, 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.  

In the creation of instructional resources, Teaching Iowa History partners University of Northern Iowa, Simpson College, Graceland University, Iowa Public Television, and University of Iowa provide opportunities for pre-service teachers and museum educators to create lesson plans aligned with Iowa Social Studies standards using primary sources from the compiled database.

Teaching Iowa History seeks to bring 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.

Teaching Iowa History provides an opportunity for museums to increase accessibility through inclusion in the primary source database and instructional resources.


The new Iowa Social Studies Standards are posted here.