The American Historical Association has a long-standing commitment to teaching and history education at all levels, and supports teaching in a wide variety of ways. At the annual meeting, the AHA and its affiliates sponsor many sessions on teaching. The AHA also offers a number of prizes and awards, and supports the good work of National History Day. This page gathers together links to a wide range of publications on the AHA web site, and links to other organizations working in the same area.
Preconference Workshop on Digital History at 2014 Annual Meeting
The Digital History Workshop will bring together historians with an interest in using digital tools and resources with experts in digital history to address such questions as how to build collaborative projects, where to find funding, what is the best way to manage projects, how to use digital tools in the classroom, and more.This workshop, held on January 1 from 9:00am-12:00pm is a preconference event at the 129th annual meeting, and space is limited.
The Mexicas Are Back!
The Conquest of Mexico by Nancy Fitch is now available. Part of the Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age series of lesson plans, it focuses on the fall of the Mexica Empire, when the Spaniards razed Tenochtitlan to replace it with a Spanish capital, Mexico City. This project is an experiment in using hypermedia to construct a virtual learning environment in which students can use primary sources to come to their own conclusions about why the Mexicas fell, while learning the process by which historians produce the history they find in their textbooks. Other lesson plans will be added to the AHA's new website soon.
The AHA’s Archives Wiki is a clearinghouse of information about archival resources throughout the world. The wiki format allows all historians to contribute—in fact, the success of ArchivesWiki depends on the participation of all. So sign up for an account, log in to edit an existing page, and create new pages to add information on more libraries and archives.
ArchivesWiki can be used by historians seeking research opportunities and even to train future historians; see the article by Keith Erekson, “Training Doctoral Students with the AHA's ArchivesWiki.”
Sixteen Months to Sumter
This site provides access to over 1,000 newspaper editorials detailing the shifting tides of emotion and opinion in the 16 months leading to Southern secession and the American Civil War. The site is intended primarily as a teaching resource, to enrich students' exploration and understanding of the period and assist history teachers by expanding the available primary sources.