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Material Culture

The AHA announces a new initiative to help educators make effective use of material culture in their in-person or remote classrooms. Funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities’ American Rescue Plan: Humanities Organizations program, “Teaching Things: Material Culture in the History Classroom” will create publications that prepare and enable educators to use historical artifacts in their classrooms. A booklet for teachers will serve as a guide to teaching history with material culture alongside other primary sources. Two digital Teaching Toolkits (one for secondary educators and one for college instructors) will include detailed lesson plans, object analyses, discussion questions, assignments, assessment guides, and activities. A digital Object Library will include objects for classroom use and additional materials for teachers to craft lesson plans that fit their curriculum. “Teaching Things” is directed by Sarah Weicksel, director of research and publications, and will run through September 30, 2022.