Creative Teaching with Historic Places
Lesson plans and activities from the National Park Service
National Park Service
From the National Register of Historic Places. Features maps and an
A backgrounder on the slave trade and the abolition of slavery in the
U.S. and Canada
Library of Congress – American Memory
Gateway to a rich collection of primary sources, including images,
documents and entire books online.
A Teacher’s Guide to Interpreting objects and writing history.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
Using the Underground Railroad as a lens through which to explore a
range of freedom issues, the Freedom Center offers lessons and
reflections on what freedom has meant in the past, means to today and
will mean tomorrow.
National Geographic Underground Railroad Site
A good starting point for students. Includes role-playing activity;
highlighted keywords that explain important concepts; and biographies
of key figures in the national Underground Railroad movement. Lesson
plans organized by grade level.
Millersville University Underground Railroad Project
Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Includes lesson
plans and background information helpful to teachers in any locale.
Lancaster County Historical Society
Began as part of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council “Raising our
Sites” initiative. Timelines, primary documents, curriculum project,
summary of history camp for ethnically and economically diverse
Pennsylvania Online World of Electronic Resources is a public service
of Pennsylvania’s public libraries, school libraries and the State
Library. Find thousands of full-text periodical articles, newspapers,
a major encyclopedia, plus photographs, pictures, charts, maps,
reference materials for young people and more.
Searchable full-text database of 18th and 19th
Century periodicals. American County Histories to 1900 includes New
Jersey, Delaware and Part I of Pennsylvania in first phase.
Subscription based service available through many universities,
primary/middle/secondary schools and research libraries throughout the
Award-winning site produced as a companion to the one-hour
documentary, Kentucky’s Underground Railroad—Passage to Freedom.
Includes classroom activities, oral histories, detailed glossary.
Extensive collection of slave narratives. History of slavery.
Flight to Freedom
Simulation produced by Bowdoin University. Excellent list of
Companion to PBS documentary series
Friends of Freedom
– The Ohio Underground Railroad Association
Dedicated to education, preservation and research
The Underground Railroad in Canada
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Lesson plans, discussion questions, suggested reading, academic
Cabin Historic Site
Educational information and tours
Uncle Tom’s Cabin Materials
Searchable multi-media archive produced by the University of Virginia
and Harriet Beecher Stowe Center in Hartford, CT
National Center for Public Policy Research
Transcripts of important documents in American history
History Web Sites
Find the best sites for lesson plans, activities, multi-media and
research. Award-winning web site rates more than 800 history web
sites for educators and students.
Hubbard House Museum
Ashtabula, Ohio home of William and Catherine Hubbard features
Underground Railroad exhibit and Civil War artifacts.
Call for tour information.
History Channel Underground Railroad Site
American slavery and the people, places and events involved in its
Harriet Tubman Lesson Plans
lessons based on the life of the Underground Railroad’s most famous
Black History Month Activities
Free lesson plans,
activities, biographies and resources from Gale, a publisher of
Exploring a Common Past: Researching and Interpreting the Underground
Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998.
outstanding local, state and national collections in person or online.
Crawford County Historical Society
848 North Main Street
County Historical Society and Museums
ERIE HISTORY CENTER
419 State Street
Erie, PA 16501
County Public Library
Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library
160 East Front Street
Erie, PA 16507
Mercer County Historical Society
119 South Pitt Street
County Historical Society
210 Fourth Avenue
Warren, PA 16365
County Historical Society
301 South Park Street, P.O. Box 101
Franklin, Pennsylvania 16323
Pennsylvania State Archives
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090
Library of Congress
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660
and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272