"Summer has come and passed..." - Green Day, Wake Me Up When September Ends

Dear Educator:

As we approach a fall unlike any we've ever known, the staff at the Wisconsin Historical Society is working to provide you with the resources you need for success in the upcoming school year. Please do reach out with any questions. Be safe and be well.

The Education Team @ WHS

K-2 Resources
Looking for a classroom reading activity? Look no further than Sport: Ship Dog of the Great Lakes from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press. Download the free discussion and activity guide here.

*NEW* from the Wisconsin Historical Society! Download our historic coloring sheets! Packed with information on side and a fun image to color on the other, these coloring activities are designed for multi-age groups to work on together.

Grade 3-5 Resources
Follow the links below to download classroom and homeschool resources for grades 3-5.

Grade 6-12 Resources
Follow the links below to download classroom and homeschool resources for grades 3-5.

  • Secondary Lesson Plans: These lessons will be updated periodically to ensure alignment with current teaching and learning standards.
  • Turning Points in Wisconsin History: A collection of primary sources organized around eras in Wisconsin history.
  • Ogichidaa Storytellers: *NEW* Education resources on Ojibwe treaty rights.
  • National History Day: Learn about this creative outlet, and a confidence-building experience. Think beyond the textbook in your social studies classroom and develop a memorable project of your own.
Storytime Live!
Join Jerry Apps and other authors from the Wisconsin Historical Society Press as they read excerpts from their books LIVE on Facebook! Can't make a session? Check out the Press Youtube channel for past episodes.
Big History!
We know how much you love history, and until we can welcome you back to the Society, the Library & Archives, and our sites and museums, we are going to bring more history straight to you! Here are some free resources to get you started on your adventure through the past. Check out the amazing collection of free resources here!
COVID19 Journaling Project
You Can Be a Part of History
The Society is actively documenting the impact of COVID-19 on Wisconsin and the world. Our tradition of balancing the collection of artifacts and material with personal experiences is a critical part of this process. Perfect for a long-term writing project!
Our Sites and Museums
Virtual Programming, Distance Learning, Live Interactives, Walking Tours, and more!

Our experience teams have been hard at work creating virtual programming for the upcoming year.

  • Wisconsin Historical Museum: While you won’t be able to visit us in person this fall, we have a variety of walking tours and virtual programs that will be available in the coming months. Watch this space for more details, coming soon!
  • Old World Wisconsin: Visit Old World this fall from the comfort of home or school with our 3 Digital Field Trips: School in One Room, Immigrant Stories, and STEM on the Farm.
  • HH Bennett: We are open for small groups through the end of October and busily working on virtual activities for the fall.
Information for Educators and Homeschoolers
On Monday, June 22, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction published Education Forward, a guidance document for Wisconsin district and school leaders to use as they plan for a safe, efficient, and equitable return to school for the 2020-21 school year amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
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