Resources and Links

 “” is designed to bring the study of Florida into the classrooms of our state. Created by the Florida Humanities Council, it combines the scholarship of distinguished humanities scholars with ideas and lesson plans from Florida teachers.

The recommended links below represent some of the best professional development sites in the humanities available on the web.

Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops
Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshops provide opportunities for K-12 educators to engage in intensive study and discussion of important topics in American history. These week-long workshops give participants direct experience in the interpretation of significant historical sites and the use of archival and other primary historical evidence.

NEH Summer Seminars
In each NEH summer seminar for school teachers enable fifteen teachers explore a topic or set of readings with a scholar having special interest and expertise in the field. The core material of the seminar need not relate directly to the school curriculum; the principal goal of the seminar is to engage teachers in scholarly enterprise and expand and deepen their understanding of the humanities through reading, discussion, writing, and reflection.

EDSITEment is a partnership among the National Endowment for the Humanities, Verizon Foundation, and the National Trust for the Humanities. EDSITEment offers a treasure trove for teachers, students, and parents searching for high-quality material on the Internet in the subject areas of literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Founded in 1994, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History promotes the study and love of American history. The Institute serves teachers, students, scholars, and the general public.

Florida Memory: State Archives of Florida
The Florida Memory Project provides thousands of esents historical photographs, audios, videos, and selected primary documents related to Florida’s past. It includes exhibits and selected classroom resources (including lesson plans) on some significant historical topics.

American Memory: The Library of Congress

The National Humanities Center
The National Humanities Center is a private, nonprofit institution for advanced study in the humanities.  Its programs provide teachers with materials and instructional strategies to make them more effective in the classroom and rekindle their enthusiasm for the subjects they teach.

Digital History
The Digital History site provides a plethora of resources to teachers in American history including, lesson plans, primary documents, lectures, videos, music, guides for creating multimedia exhibits, and more.

University of Central Florida Hurston Archive
The University of Central Florida Hurston Archive is an academic web site providing a repository of biographical, critical, and contextual materials related to Zora Neale Hurston's life and work.

Old Florida Maps
This site uses digital reproductions of maps from monographs and private collections held locally in South Florida. The maps show how Florida came to be represented in the current familiar geographic form.

National History Educational Clearing House
This site offers teaching materials, best practices, and lesson plans for elementary, middle and high school teachers.

Let Freedom Swing
This project explores the relationships between jazz and democracy. Two iconic Americans are at the heart of Let Freedom Swing: retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and musician, Wynton Marsalis, educator and Artistic Director of Jazz at the Lincoln Center. Their discussion provides the stimulus for the short videos and educational materials presented here.

Project Mosaic
Using the work of Zora Neale Hurston as a central theme, Project Mosaic infuses African-American subject matter into a wide array of academic disciplines.

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