A New Lesson Online Plan Commemorates the 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 WASHINGTON – The National Park Service’s Teaching with Historic Places and HISTORY® have partnered to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) with a lesson plan about the act signed into law on October 15, 1966. The lesson plan is available online at: http://www.nps.gov/nr/twhp/wwwlps/lessons/pdf/TwHP_HISTORY_NHPA-50th-lesson-plan.pdf.
The NHPA provides individuals and communities the tools to nominate significant places to the National Register of Historic Places; a national program that encourages and supports preservation of sites that are important to local, state, or national history. In the lesson, designed for middle and high school curriculums, students will learn about historic preservation by identifying and investigating historic properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places in their own community.
The lesson plan was first released in 2006 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the NHPA. This updated version, developed in collaboration with HISTORY, is part of the National Park Service’s celebration of the upcoming 50th anniversary of the NHPA in 2016. HISTORY will host this lesson as part of its HISTORY Classroom initiative, which provides opportunities for students to discover more about the past through active learning and hands on history activities.
The National Park Service’s Teaching with Historic Places series uses places listed in the National Register of Historic Places to enrich traditional classroom instruction and other educational programming in history, social studies, civics, and other subjects. The Teaching with Historic Places website indexes these lessons by states, historic themes, time periods, learning skills, and history and social studies standards to help teachers incorporate them most effectively into the curriculum.
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