August 31, 2018
Update on Teaching Iowa History Project
Two key components of the project, both of which will continue to grow and develop over the next four semesters, are now live.
Component 1 - database of primary sources
Over 60 museums, historical societies, and archives have contributed
images of objects, art, documents, etc., from their collection, to build
a database of over 650 primary sources associated with Iowa history.
These objects are being cataloged and tagged in multiple ways, and
augmented with additional research, for suggested use in lesson plans.
The database is here
We will continue to accept images of Iowa related items from public
collections for the next four semesters. You may send images and
descriptive information or your questions to Director@iowamuseums.org
Component 2 - lesson plan repository
The primary sources submitted for Component 1 will be used as the basis
for lessons for grades K-12 that meet the new Iowa Social Studies
Standards. Lessons will begin to be developed this semester, and as
completed will be posted at Teaching Iowa History - (https://teachingiowahistory.com/)
While we wait for lesson plans to be written, the site is being
developed with information about the project, Educator Resources, and
Of particular interest to participating museums will be the map of repository participants
under "About the project". Also of interest to participating
collecting organizations will be, when posted, the lesson plans, which
will embed images of your objects and a link to your organization for
teacher ease in contacting you.
Iowa History will create a community of practice around teaching Iowa
history with primary sources, raising awareness of the collections held
in Iowa's museums and their importance to preserving the historical
identity and fabric of our state.