Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Free American History Resources

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History encourages libraries to register to be part of their free Public Library Affiliate Program now in its second year.  Billed as "a unique gateway to education resources, events, and tools designed to help public librarians bring American history to life for students and teachers," the Affiliate Program offers exclusive benefits for participating libraries:
  • eligibility to receive $400 grants that are awarded annually to twelve Public Library Affiliates for student-based history programming
  • free access to one of Gilder Lehrman's traveling exhibitions and discounts on subsequent exhibitions
  • scholarship opportunities for their online graduate courses plus a reduced fee to audit courses
  • $100 credit for Gilder Lehrman's online "history shop" to purchase books, posters, and other materials, plus a 25% discount on all further purchases
  • access to the web portal featuring robust resources for librarian, teachers, and students including a study guide for the new AP US History course framework, free lesson plans, and multimedia content.
  Registering online as a Public Library Affiliate is a very simple process.

Ticket to a Yankees - Giants - Dodgers baseball game to benefit the Civilian Defense Volunteer Office during World War II
Ticket to a Yankees - Giants - Dodgers baseball game to benefit
the Civilian Defense Volunteer Office during WWII
(courtesy of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History)
Founded in 1994 by Richard Gilder and Lewis E. Lehrman, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is a nonprofit organization devoted to the improvement of history education.  The Institute has developed an array of programs for schools, teachers, and students that now operate in all fifty states.  Nearly 70,000 documents, photographs and other historic items are preserved in the Gilder Lehrman Collection; more than 60,000 are available to view online.  The Institute’s programs have been recognized by awards from the White House, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Organization of American Historians.

Written by:
Denise Anton Wright, Public Library Development Team