Meet some of the organizations that have partners with us.
The Bill of Rights Institute
The mission of the Bill of Rights Institute is to educate young people about the words and ideas of America's Founders, the liberties guaranteed in our Founding documents, and how our Founding principles continue to affect and shape a free society.
Founded in September 1999, the Bill of Rights Institute is classified by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) organization, a public charity. With a $3 million annual operating budget, the Institute is grateful to be supported by 3,000 individual, corporate, and foundation donors as we work to strengthen civic knowledge and foster civic values among the next generation of citizens.
The Bill of Rights Institute has assembled a talented team to create each of our programs, including a full-time staff of 14 with more than 60 years combined experience in the classroom. In addition, we partner with experts, including outstanding secondary school teachers; academics from the fields of American history, political science, and constitutional law; video producers; web site designers; and evaluation and curriculum experts.
Cold War Museum
From the 1940s until the 1990s the rivalry between the democratic Free World and the nations of the Communist bloc affected Americans' daily lives and events throughout the world. This "Cold War" actually became a "hot" one in Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf War but generally took the form of espionage and diplomatic maneuvers, with the United States, the Soviet Union and China as the major combatants. The Cold War Museum seeks to memorialize the people and events of those years and educate future generations about that era.
Foreign Policy Research Institute
Founded in 1955, FPRI is devoted to bringing the insights of scholarship to bear on the development of policies that advance U.S. national interests. We add perspective to events by fitting them into the larger historical and cultural context of international politics.
The scholars of FPRI include a former aide to three U.S. secretaries of state, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian, a former president of Swarthmore College and a Bancroft Prize-winning historian, and two former staff members of the National Security Council.
We count among our trustees a former Secretary of State and a former Secretary of the Navy (and among our former trustees and interns two current Undersecretaries of Defense), not to mention two university presidents emeritus, a foundation president, and several active or retired corporate CEOs. And we count among our extended network of scholars — especially, our Inter-University Study Groups — representatives of diverse disciplines, including political science, history, economics, law, management, religion, sociology, and psychology.
Heroes 4 Us - Dr. Dennis Denenberg
Inspirational, motivating, dynamic, powerful, humorous, creative, captivating! These are all words that have been used by teachers, book reviewers, parents, and conference attendees who have attended one of my speaking engagements. After being frustrated by the pop culture icons and the super-rich athletes who are displayed as heroes by our society, I have spent much of my life learning about true heroes and sharing their stories with other educators.
"Children need to see that they can achieve just like real heroes — they can make mistakes, learn from them, keep striving, and eventually succeed. I CAN is a powerful message that REAL heroes can teach." — Dr. Dennis Denenberg
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens
When George Washington lived here, Mount Vernon was an 8,000-acre plantation divided into five farms. Each farm was a complete unit, with its own overseers, work force of slaves, livestock, equipment, and buildings. The farm where Washington and his family lived was called the "Mansion House Farm." This is the part of the plantation that visitors see today. Washington developed the property's 500 acres to create a fitting setting for a country gentleman. He designed the grounds to include a deep border of woods, rolling meadows, serpentine walkways, a pleasure garden, a kitchen garden,and groves of trees. Between the Mansion and the shores of the Potomac River lay an extensive park.
As nearly as possible, Mount Vernon was a self-contained community. Nothing was purchased that could be produced on site. Yet the Mansion House Farm was so well designed that the service lanes did not intrude upon the area reserved for the enjoyment of Washington, his family, and their many guests. From the Potomac River on the east to the Estate's west gate entrance ran the pleasure grounds and wide vistas; along the north-south line were the outbuildings, or dependencies, where much of the work was done.
International Spy Museum
The Permanent Exhibit Introduction to Espionage
Welcome to the International Spy Museum and the world of espionage. What interest brings you here?
Is it a love of spy "who-done-its" from film noir and the movies, or spy page-turners from literature? Perhaps a fascination with history and a desire to learn secrets behind world events? Or an urgency to understand the complexities of our world today and the need for solid intelligence now, more than ever? No matter what motives brought you here... leave your preconceptions behind.
Learn about the authentic tradecraft that has been used throughout time and around the world. Hear spies, in their own words, describe the challenges and the "game" of spying.
National Constitution Center
The National Constitution Center is an independent, non-partisan, and non-profit organization dedicated to increasing public understanding of, and appreciation for, the Constitution, its history, and its contemporary relevance, through an interactive, interpretive facility within Independence National Historic Park and a program of national outreach, so that "We the People" may better secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.
NJN Digital Classroom
NJN's Digital Classroom provides instant access to short video clips on virtually any subject in the curriculum, giving teachers an effective and dynamic tool to supplement their lesson plans.
- Digital Classroom is available through one user interface.
- There are no time-consuming downloads from the Internet because the content is streamed directly from a locally hosted server.
- Videos can be accessed on individual classroom computers, projected overhead, or viewed in school media centers.
- Fifteen Reasons to use Television Programs to Support Literacy
James A. Percoco
James A. Percoco has taught at West Springfield High School in Springfield, Virginia since 1980. The recipient of numerous education awards, Percoco was selected for the first USA TODAY All-USA Teacher Team in 1998 and named Outstanding Social Studies Teacher of the Year in 1993 at the Walt Disney Company American Teacher Awards.
James Percoco is available to speak at various venues and events across the country.
He is also available to speak at Teaching American History grants.
If you are interested in having him come to your event or school you can contact him here.
The Raab Collection buys and sells rare manuscripts, bringing a passion not only for the piece but the history behind it. We've built important historical collections and count amongst our clients serious individual collectors and many of the institutions that house and preserve historical manuscripts.
Teacher Created Materials Publishing
Teacher Created Materials' mission is to publish quality-research based, educational books and materials in all curricular areas for teachers and students at all grade and skill levels. TCM provides a broad spectrum of both quality resources and professional teacher training. While remaining grounded in sound educational practice, TCM likewise maintains educational vision and an open ear to educators and their changing needs.
TeachingAmericanHistory.org is a project of the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University.
The Summer Institutes and Saturday Seminars are funded by the United States Department of Education's Teaching American History Grant Program. They are offered in conjunction with Regional Education Service Agency II in Huntington, WV, the Ohio Distance Learning Academy in Toledo, OH, and the Western Buckeye Educational Service Center in Paulding, OH. Further information about the Teaching American History Grant Program is available from the United States Department of Education. We also maintain a list of other Teaching American History Grant web sites.
Nystrom and the American Institute for History Education (AIHE) are committed to helping teachers teach and students learn. AIHE has designed a dynamic grant program that is producing quantitative results nationwide. Nystrom and AIHE will work with your school district to design, write, and apply for a U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) grant. There is absolutely no cost to you for this service.
Click the page image at the right for more info, or go to Nystrom's TAH Grant Page.
Valley Forge National Historical Park
Valley Forge National Historical Park commemorates more than the sacrifices and perseverance of the Revolutionary War generation; it honors the ability of citizens and their leaders to pull together and overcome adversity during extraordinary times.
"It is our hope that every student is able to visit a national park and use the park as a classroom...Nothing compares to a hands-on fieldtrip to one of these remarkable, inspirational places, where the past is honored and memories are made."
- Mary Bomar Director, National Park Service
The Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs
The Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University is renewing the foundations of civic education in America by reinvigorating the serious study of the principles of American liberty and self-government. Through history and civic education programs for high school history and government teachers, undergraduate and high school students, and through events and resources for private citizens, the Ashbrook Center is renewing America's purpose and promise.
The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College
For over 28 years, The Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College has hosted visiting educators and students, sponsored conferences, lectures, concerts, and movie premieres, as well as other educational programs on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Each summer, the CWI hosts hundreds of Civil War enthusiasts, scholars and prominent historians for an annual conference in Gettysburg. The Institute also co-sponsors the annual Dedication Day, Nov. 19, which is the anniversary of Lincoln's "Gettysburg Address," with the Lincoln Fellowship of Pennsylvania and the Gettysburg National Military Park.
Princeton Battlefield State Park
Princeton Battlefield State Park, located on Mercer Rd (Princeton Pike) in Princeton Township, was dedicated in 1946 and has grown to 85 acres of lawn and woodland on part of the original battlefield. Open year round, the park is used for a variety of summer and winter activities including picnics, hiking, and cross country skiing.
Within the Park is the Thomas Clarke House Museum, the historic Mercer Oak tree, the colonnade monument, and a gravesite of 21 British and 15 American soldiers. The Princeton Battle Monument designed by Frederick MacMonnies, is also part of the Park and is located in Princeton Borough one mile from the main Park.
Adjacent to the Park is Stony Brook Friends Meetinghouse, built in 1726, and its graveyard with the grave of Richard Stockton, signer of the Declaration of Independence. Also adjacent is the Institute of Advance Study and the institute Woods, a 600 acre woodland and agricultural land preserved as a wildlife preserve with trails open to the public.
Distance Education Consultants
Distance Education Consultants was founded in 1996 in response to a need for better practices using technology in education, especially in small, rural, and inner-city districts. Since 1996 we've been writing grants for these sorts of districts, which often cannot afford to write grants for themselves. Our goal was to balance the inequity between the haves and have-nots, by translating the latest theroetical advances into pragmatic solutions. We've been on the front edge of technology for eight years now -- we were one of the first companies to use Virtual Reality and online learning in actual K-12 classroom settings.
Save Ellis Island
Save Ellis Island is the National Park Service fundraising and programmatic non-profit partner for the rehabilitation of the twenty-nine remaining buildings on Ellis Island, with the mission and mandate to raise the funds necessary to create and sustain, within these buildings, the Ellis Island Institute and Conference Center.
Established in 1999, Save Ellis Island has achieved considerable success in raising public awareness about the south side, building a professional campaign organization that will lay the foundation to mount a national fundraising campaign. Through its advocacy work and public awareness campaign, Save Ellis Island has helped to secure millions in federal and state funds with private donations to stabilize nearly all of the structures, complete the rehabilitation of the Ferry Building, Connecting Corridors and Laundry/Hospital Outbuilding and implement programming related to the vision of the Ellis Island Institute.
Gunston Hall, Home of George Mason
Gunston Hall (1755-1759) is the architectural gem built for George Mason IV by William Buckland and William Bernard Sears. The mansion stands as a testament to a single architectural moment in colonial Virginia. After its completion in 1759, few changes were made. As a result, Gunston Hall remains as a vital example of the Georgian style washed upon Virginia’s shores.
The Plimoth Plantation
Plimoth Plantation, a bicultural museum, offers powerful personal encounters with history built on thorough research about the Wampanoag People and the Colonial English community in the 1600s. Our exhibits, programs, live interpreters, and historic settings encourage a new level of understanding about present-day issues affecting communities around the world.