Historical & Cultural Resources

These historical resources include all sorts of media- photographs of people, places, and historical artifacts and objects, short written texts, videos, podcasts, webcams, and more. Search within them for texts related to your unit of study in ELA, social studies, or the integrated arts.

Note: This is not intended to be comprehensive. Please let us know if you have an historical resource to recommend!

UNESCO World Heritage Sites

National Congress of American Indians


The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian, New York & Washington

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian, Washington

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian, Washington

The United States National Archives

The Constitution Center, Philadelphia

The Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia

The National Park Service - Discover History

*search for National Historic Sites local to your state/community that are part of the National Park Service historical network!

National Register of Historic Places, National Park Service

*search for locations near or in your community!

The Tenement Museum, New York City

New Bedford Whaling Museum, New Bedford, MA

Museum of African American History, Boston/Nantucket

Colonial Williamsburg, VA

Historic Jamestown, VA

Plimouth-Patuxet Museum, MA

Historical Societies

We’ve included a list of state or city historical societies from the northeast, where our work is most concentrated. But ideally, work with the state, county, city, or town historical society near you for local artifacts, primary sources, and old news stories to customize your curriculum in ELA, social studies, or the integrated arts.

New England

Connecticut Historical Society

Maine Historical Society

Massachusetts Historical Society

Massachusetts Historical Society History Source: Primary Sources for K-12 Teachers

Massachusetts Historical Society: Underrepresented Communities: Primary Sources

New Hampshire Historical Society

Rhode Island Historical Society

Vermont Historical Society


Delaware Historical Society

New Jersey Historical Society

New York Historical Society, New York City

New York State Museum

Maryland Center for History and Culture

Historical Society of Pennsylvania

Virginia Museum of History and Culture