WASHINGTON – Three historic federal buildings come alive in a new interactive lesson plan unveiled today as part of National Preservation Month. Federal Courthouses and Post Offices: Symbols of Pride and Permanence in American Communities, found at http://www.nps.gov/history/nr/twhp or www.gsa.gov/historicpreservation, was created cooperatively by the National Park Service (NPS) Teaching with Historic Places program and the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA), Public Buildings Service, in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.
“Bricks and mortar can be windows into the past,” said Dan Wenk, Acting Director of the National Park Service. “I hope that teachers and parents will take advantage of this lesson plan exploring the connections between public buildings and the people they serve and utilize information available about the National Register of Historic Places.”
The lesson plan includes information about the design and construction of the 1875 Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon; the 1916 Byron R. White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, Colorado; and the 1932 Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House in Louisville, Kentucky. It also contains histories, photographs, a map, learning activities, and a Supplementary Resources section.
“Our partnership combines the educational outreach expertise of the National Park Service with the exemplary federal stewardship practices of GSA,” said Tony Costa, GSA’s Public Buildings Service Acting Commissioner. “It is a winning combination. As recognized leaders in federal preservation, both agencies understand the value in partnering, incombining resources and knowledge, particularly in public education.”
Federal Courthouses is the 136th Teaching with Historic Places online lesson plan. This National Park Service series uses the National Register of Historic Places to enrich traditional classroom instruction of history, social studies, civics, and other subjects. The lessons are indexed by states, historic themes, time periods, learning skills, and history and social studies standards to help teachers use them effectively.
GSA is the proud steward of more than 480 historic buildings providing more than 60 million square feet of office space for federal agencies. This public building legacy includes custom houses, courthouses, post offices, border stations, and offices across the United States and its territories. As part of its commitment to urban reinvestment and historic preservation, GSA is working to maintain the architectural excellence of America’s public buildings and also keep them safe and accessible. Joining its federal partners in support of “Preserve America,” Executive Order 13287, GSA is fostering increased public use, enjoyment, and appreciation of its historic buildings.