Pathways Through American History is a series of inquiry-driven, thematic guides to some of the diverse history and heritage on NPS.gov. Each Pathway highlights digital resources about historic people and places that are associated with four themes: Making a Democracy, Making a Living and Making a Life, Every Place Has a History, and Everyone Has a History.
The project seeks to convey the usefulness of historical thinking and understanding the past. The Pathways are structured using inquiry questions to spark curiosity and encourage reflection. They offer examples of courage, resilience, and inspiration as well as conflict and adversity. Asking users how these stories relate and what they may take away, the project aims to help users identify whatever they need from American history.
Subjects or Themes
Cultural Heritage, Public History, American History, Place-based Learning, American Democracy, Voting Rights, Civil Rights, Civics, Labor History, economic History, Cultural History, Art, Entertainment, National Parks, Historic Preservation, Cultural Resources, Historic Sites, Memorials, Monuments, Social History, Archaeology, Storytelling, Race and Ethnicity, LGBTQ+ History, Women’s History
Images, Text, Teacher Resources
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