Let's Do History

Welcome to the Let’s Do History Tour Page

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Thank you for using the Smithsonian’s Let’s Do History Tour page on History Explorer! On this page you will find the resources that we provided on the tour, ways to keep in touch, and other resources available to you. We encourage you to share this page with your colleagues.

About the Tour

The Let’s Do History Tour is part of the A. James Clark Excellence in History Teaching Program. The program is intended to energize and transform the teaching and learning of American history by introducing K-12 educators to exciting and effective techniques, powerful online tools, and authentic content that they can use in their classrooms.  The program brings National Museum of American History (NMAH) staff to ten communities nationwide for teacher training that shares the Museum’s interdisciplinary approach to teaching with its focus on everyday objects, people-centered stories, and dialogue.

In this blog post, Mark Moore from the West Virginia Department of Education describes his experience bringing the Let's Do History Tour to his state. 

A few sample teacher comments: 

 “My expectations were wildly surpassed. Best in-service I’ve attended in the past 5 years.”

 “Next time a 5-day conference would be best! :-) This was great!”

 “Knew that it would be different and interesting and invigorating and it was!”

Large Session Resources

If you attended either the elementary or secondary large group session, you’ll find the accompanying resources below. 

Small Group Workshop Resources

If you attended the small group workshop, you’ll find the accompanying resources below. 

Teachers debate with John Brown

 Teachers in Charleston, WV debate John Brown's legacy

Parent Night Resources

If you attended the parent night, you’ll find the accompanying resources below. 

Join us in Edmodo

You can keep in touch with us via our publishers page on Edmodo

Other Resources

  • We also recommend the following articles:
    • Looking at Artifacts, Thinking about History” by Steven Lubar and Kathleen Kendrick 
    • VanSledright, Bruce A. “Fifth Graders Investigating History in the Classroom: Results from a Researcher-Practitioner Design Experiment.” The Elementary School Journal  103.2 (2002), pp. 131-160.
    • Wineburg, Samuel S. “Historical Problem Solving: A Study of the Cognitive Processes Used in the Evaluation of Documentary and Pictorial Evidence.” Journal of Educational Psychology 83.1 (1991), pp. 73-87.
  • Use the links below to find the History Explorer team and the National Museum of American History on our social media channels on Twitter, Facebook, and Youtube.
  • Sign up for our email newsletter or send us a message at historyteachers@si.edu with comments, suggestions for new resources, or questions about our site or materials!

Let’s Do History Tour Schedule

More dates and locations will be announced as they are finalized.



November 1, 2014


Anchorage, AK

November 19-20, 2014

Old Town and Rockport, ME

February 19-20, 2015 (tentative)

Las Cruces, NM

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