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Online Resources

Online Resources is the largest component of our blog. Several times a month we post information about online resources we think teachers will find useful. Many of these web resources contain high-quality scanned images of primary documents, document-based lesson and unit plans, and links to timelines, streaming video and audio, and other mutli-media teaching aids.

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Disclaimer: The National Park Service is not affiliated with any of the outside links posted on this blog or responsible for any content therein.

Mini Lessons

Our Mini Lessons Component was created to give teachers quick and easy primary source lesson ideas/resources. Utilizing digitized images from various online resources such as the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Library of Congress (LOC), and our own Lloyd W. Smith Archival Collection, we have designed short activities for students to use to practice primary source analysis. Mini Lessons generally include one or more printable images and two or three short questions.

Lessons may prove useful to educators teaching Document-Based Questions (DBQs), Historical Thinking skills, or those helping students prepare for the APUSH exam.

Mini Lessons are aligned with the National History Standards. All lessons may be used and adapted as teachers see fit. We only ask that the document's origin be properly cited.


*If you are an educator and have a mini lesson you would like to contribute, please contact Sarah Minegar at sminegar(at)nps(dot) gov.

Teacher Reference Shelf

We are in the process of compiling a collection of reference materials that teachers may come in and use.

Feel free to give our copies a test run before you decide to purchase for your department. Please let us know if you have any titles to recommend!  Our  list will be updated as we add new books.

Traveling Museum Artifact Boxes

What would you find in a soldiers traveling haversack? A ladies pocket bag? A Native American's traveling bag? Or even among an enslaved person's unique items? Morristown’s Traveling Museum Artifact Boxes contain groupings of ­­­reproduction artifacts similar to those that would have been typically found in the possession of various persons during the late eighteenth century. The purpose of these boxes extends beyond a mere show-and-tell experience for students. Morristown National Historical Park has constructed these traveling educational units to enable students to simulate what the Park and other museums do when archiving, storing, and interpreting objects from the past. We hope that by examining these objects in “museum condition,” students will gain a greater appreciation and understanding of the work involved in preserving a record of the past, as well as expand their historical reasoning and historical empathy skills. And ultimately, we hope that these boxes will serve as useful preparation for teachers planning a field trip to the Morristown National Historical Park Museum.

Traveling Museum Artifact boxes are available for two week loan intervals (teacher pick up only) and include adaptable activities appropriate for primary, middle, and secondary grade levels.

Schools within the state can request the loan of the Traveling Museum Artifact Boxes by contacting 973-539-2016 (Sarah Minegar @ x 215/ email: sarah_minegar (at) nps (dot) gov) or (Jude Pfister @ x 204)

Unit 1 The Contents of a Slave's Bag
Unit 2 The Contents of Native American Bandolier Bag
Unit 3  The Contents of a Soldier's Haversack
Unit 4 The Contents of a Colonial Lady's Pocket 

Our Traveling Museum kits utilize replica artifacts and lesson units originally developed and distributed by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. These original Hands-On History Kits can be found here. Morristown National Historical Park has utilized these fantastic materials to create its own derivation demonstrating the museum end of artifact preservation. These derivations include artifact "housing" and original lesson materials and activities. The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is in no way affiliated with the derivation of materials found here.