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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 extensive bibliography.

Parks Canada
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.

Smithsonian for Teachers
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 students.

Power Library Information Center
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.

Accessible Archives
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 world.

Kentucky Educational Television
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.

Documenting the American South
Extensive collection of slave narratives. History of slavery.

Flight to Freedom
Simulation produced by Bowdoin University. Excellent list of resources.

Africans in America
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 standards.

Uncle Tom’s 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

Best of 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
Read about American slavery and the people, places and events involved in its undoing.

Harriet Tubman Lesson Plans
Standards-based lessons based on the life of the Underground Railroad’s most famous conductor.

Black History Month Activities
Free lesson plans, activities, biographies and resources from Gale, a publisher of educational materials.

National Park Service
Exploring a Common Past: Researching and Interpreting the Underground Railroad. Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1998.

Explore these outstanding local, state and national collections in person or online.

Crawford County Historical Society
Meadville Public Library
Second Floor
848 North Main Street
Meadville
, PA  16335
(814) 724-6080

Erie County Historical Society and Museums
ERIE HISTORY CENTER
419 State Street
Erie, PA  16501
(814) 454-1813

Erie County Public Library
Raymond M. Blasco Memorial Library
Heritage Room
160 East Front Street
Erie, PA  16507
(814) 451-6983

Mercer County Historical Society
119 South Pitt Street
Mercer
, PA  16137
(724) 662-3490

Warren County Historical Society
210 Fourth Avenue
Warren, PA  16365
(814) 723-1795

Venango County Historical Society
301 South Park Street, P.O. Box 101
Franklin, Pennsylvania 16323
Phone: 814-437-2275

Pennsylvania State Archives
Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission
350 North Street
Harrisburg, PA 17120-0090 
(717) 783-3281

Library of Congress
Thomas Jefferson Building
101 Independence Avenue, S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20540-4660

National Archives and Records Administration
8601 Adelphi Road
College Park, MD 20740-6001
1-86-NARA-NARA or 1-866-272-6272