AHR History Lab


The #AHRSyllabus is a collaborative project designed to help teachers and students look "under the hood" at how historians in the early twenty-first century do the work of history. Each contribution to the syllabus will feature a practical hands-on teaching module that foregrounds innovative uses of historical method in the classroom. Beginning in September 2023, every issue of the AHR will include one or two #AHRSyllabus modules. Future modules will focus on teaching historical gaming in the classroom, making historical podcasts, teaching with graphic novels, innovative approaches to teaching historiography and teaching with material culture. 

All #AHRSyllabus modules are freely available on the AHR’s website to encourage wide classroom adoption. If you are engaged in an innovative teaching project that focuses on how historians do their work and would like to pitch a module for the #AHRSyllabus, write to us ahrassistant@historians.org.

Knowing by Sensing: Teaching Sensory History

In the #AHRSyllabus module Knowing by Sensing, the interdisciplinary historical smells team Odeuropa introduces techniques for teaching sensory history in the classroom. They offer short video and textual presentations that explain approaches to teaching the history of smell and how it can enrich student learning about political, social and cultural history. Their module also provides teachers with a step-by-step guide for getting historical scents into the classroom and organizing smell walks that allow students, as Odeuropa puts it, “to sniff their way through history.”

Learn More about the #AHRSyllabus

In this episode of the AHR's podcast History in Focus, we discuss  the current state of teaching history, from K–12 through the college level, and the AHR’s first major entry into the teaching discussion with the new #AHRSyllabus Project. Organizers Kathleen Hilliard, Laura McEnaney, and Katharina Matro join two of the first syllabus contributors, Saniya Lee Ghanoui (for the podcast Sexing History) and William Tullett (for the historical smells researchers of Odeuropa), to preview this new teaching resource and what we hope it will add for history teachers interested in engaging with the journal.