The History Channel is offering its annual Save Our History grants and inviting museums, historic sites, historical societies, preservation organizations, libraries, and archives to partner with a local school or youth group and apply for funding to help preserve the history of their communities. $250,000 in grants are available and this program is meant to engage students in learning about, documenting, and preserving the history of their communities. The deadline for applications is June 5, 2009, and more information is available on the Save Our History and application pages.
In May 1942, historian Allan Nevins (see his bio and presidential address) created a national controversy about American students’ lack of knowledge about the facts of their nation’s history. Pointing an accusing finger at history teachers in the schools and colleges, he charged that “it is distressingly true that our young people are all too ignorant of American history when they leave high school or even college” (“American History for Americans,” New York Times (May 4, 1942), SM6). Nevins and the staff of the Times followed up with a series of investigations that reinforced this perception that American history was being squeezed out of school and college classrooms, setting off a mini-firestorm of controversy in newspapers across the country and even into the halls of Congress.
Can your students name the 22 American Nobel Peace Prize Laureates?* The Nobel Peace Laureate Project has developed a high school curriculum to teach students the history of the Nobel Peace Prize and has made it available for free via the internet at http://www.nobelpeacelaureates.org/
teach_peace.html. The materials consist of an introduction to the lesson plans for teachers, an introduction to the Nobel Peace Prize, lessons about each of the 22 American winners, and an assessment activity. Each lesson contains a biographical essay about the Nobel Laureate and suggestions for classroom activities (introductions, discussion questions, vocabulary, and technology options).