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Iowa History - Content Area Resources in Social Studies


Alexander Clark Story Map - An interactive map describing Alexander Clark's life and timeline as well as additional resources.

Chronicling America - Provides America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 and a U.S. Newspaper Directory for information about American newspapers published between 1690-present.

Discover Iowa History - Created by Dr. Katy Swalwell from Iowa State University as a repository of Iowa history resources.

Freedom Summer Story Map - An interactive map describing the journey to Mississippi the summer of 1964.

Geographic Alliance of Iowa - Composed of K-12 teachers, college and university professors, personnel from a variety of other educational endeavors, and citizens, all who are concerned with improving geographic instruction in Iowa. The GAI provides resources and expertise to improve the geographic literacy of Iowa students.

History of Latinos in Iowa - Migration is Beautiful - A digital humanities project drawn from the holdings of the Mujeres Latinas collections preserved in the Iowa Women's Archives in the University of Iowa Libraries highlighting the journeys Latinas and Latinos made to Iowa and situates the contributions of Latino communities within a broader understanding of Iowa's history of migration and civil rights activism.

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation - Educates Iowans with a focus on youth regarding the breadth and global significance of agriculture. It serves as a central resource for educators and volunteers who want to teach Iowa's students about agriculture.

Iowa Civil Rights Commission Civil Rights Toolkit - A toolkit makes Iowa's civil rights history more accessible and teachable in Iowa's classrooms.

Iowa Counties Historic Atlases - Provides digital county atlases from the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Iowa Culture App - A mobile app that is a fun and interactive way to discover arts, history and cultural destinations in Iowa by exploring places by category and location, browsing featured tours and saving favorites to create your own Iowa Culture adventure.

Iowa Department of Human Rights - Strives to ensure basic rights, freedoms and opportunities for all by empowering underrepresented Iowans and eliminating economic, social and cultural barriers by educating individuals, businesses and government entities about the needs, rights and responsibilities of all Iowans.

Iowa Digital Libraries - Features more than a million digital objects such as manuscripts, historic maps, fine art, historic newspapers and scholarly works created from the holdings of the University of Iowa libraries.

Iowa Folklife: Our People, Communities, and Traditions - A learning guide for teachers, students and senior citizens for social studies, language arts, music, art and multi-disciplinary and culminating activities.

IAGenWeb Project - A website that holds copyright publications pertaining to all areas of Iowa history.

Iowa Heritage Digital Collections - An online repository of Iowa history and culture which brings together digital resources of Iowa libraries, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions to enhance access to and preserve long-term accessibility of these valuable materials.

Iowa History and Culture - A project to create an online database of resource materials pertaining to all facets of Iowa history, culture, assets and resources from 1987-2013.

Iowa History Bibliography - A list of hundreds of cited Iowa history books.

Iowa History Journal - Iowa's only popular magazine devoted exclusively to its fascinating history with unique stories about Iowa icons, entertainment, sports, politics, towns and historical attractions that appeal to Iowans of all ages.

Iowa History Online - Provides Iowa history teachers across the state with high quality instructional tools and online access to excellent teaching resources.

Iowa Pathways - Discover the people, places, events and ideas of Iowa history through articles, images, videos and websites on Iowa Pathways.

Iowa Public Television Market to Market - Covers the issues affecting the nearly $800 billion agriculture business such as global trade conflicts, environmental controversies, changing technologies or emerging enterprises.

Iowa Women’s Archives - Holds more than 1200 manuscript collections that chronicle the lives and work of Iowa women, their families, and their communities dating from the nineteenth century to the present.

Iowa’s Progressive Past Story Map - An interactive map that explains Iowa's progressive past including an introduction, abolishing slavery, protecting interracial marriage, desegregation of schools, voting rights for African Americans, and higher education for all.

Living History Farms Learning Fields - A web exhibit is designed to help 3rd-5th grade students and their teachers learn how agriculture affects our lives every day.

Norman Borlaug Story Map - An interactive website that provides you with everything you need to know about Norman Borlaug.

Office of the State Archaeologist - An organized research unit that develops, disseminates, and preserves knowledge of Iowa's human past through Midwestern and Plains archaeological research, scientific discovery, public stewardship, service, and education.

Prairie Voices: Iowa Heritage Curriculum - Provides lesson plans over the land and the built environment, native people, migration and interaction, organization and communities, work, and folklife. Also included is fun facts, resources and a timeline of Iowa history.

Silos and Smokestacks - The National Heritage Area - Offers ag-based lesson plans and primary resources, professional continuing education credits and bus grants for field trips.

Teaching and Learning Iowa History - Represents a unique way for community members, teachers, and university students to join the same learning experience with similar goals and curiosities.

Teaching Iowa History Project - The Teaching Iowa History Project includes access to hundreds of primary sources, lesson plans and links to other. resources about Iowa history.

The Annals of Iowa - A quarterly, peer-reviewed journal of history published by the State Historical Society of Iowa.

The Goldfinch: Iowa History for Young People - Was a Iowa history magazine for children ages 8-13 published quarterly by the State Historical Society of Iowa from 1975-2000. Each issue focuses on a theme and include articles, games, photos and fiction.

The World Food Prize - The foremost international honor recognizing-- without regard to race, religion, nationality, or political beliefs-- the achievements of individuals who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.

Iowa Museums and History Centers/Societies

African American Museum of Iowa - A statewide museum dedicated to preserving, exhibiting and teaching Iowa's African American history. The Museum offers museum tours, traveling exhibits, research services, youth and adult education programs and community and fundraising events.

Carries Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics - Created to interest, educate and engage citizens in the political process through leadership development, mentoring and educational opportunities through Iowa State University, fostering research on issues related to women and politics, brings prominent women leaders, national and international scholars and political activists and practitioners to ISU's campus and encourages women and men to pursue careers in politics, public administration and public service.

Iowa History Center at Simpson College - Advances the understanding and appreciation of Iowa history among the state's students, scholars and general public by expanding educational opportunities and making Iowa history more widely available and accessible.

Iowa Jewish Historical Society - Inventorying and digitizing its expansive artifact collection and archives and is now online.

Iowa Museum Association - The lead statewide organization providing education, communication, networking opportunities and advocacy for Iowa's museums.

Iowa Rural Schools Museum - A network of refurbished and renewed county school houses that once educated Iowa's new immigrants and their children as they came to settle and till the land. Visit the museum and learn more through the online collection and resources.

Living History Farms - An interactive outdoor history museum which educates, entertains, and connects people of all ages to Midwestern rural life experiences.

Museum of Danish America - Helps learners explore how individuals, families, and groups have expressed their Danish heritage. Learn more about the history of Danish Immigration to America, read Danish-Americans Stories from all across the United States, see the photos and documents that complement those stories in "Viewed Through the Lens", and browse links to other websites that explore different aspects of Danish America.

National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library - Provide informative, engaging, and most importantly fun events to the Cedar Rapids area with events focusing on the history of Czech and Slovak people, hands on workshops, informative history lessons, and exhibit opening receptions.

Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation - Preserved the birthplace and boyhood farms of Norman Borlaug so that future generations of Normans can walk and learn on the sacred grounds.

State Historical Museum - Provides exhibits, tours, collections, and programs and events throughout the year on Iowa's rich heritage.