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Many of the images here are in the Public Domain. Though not all images can be used without permissions, you can read the guidelines listed with each image to learn more.
You can search the site for topics in search box near the top of the page.
The Public Library in Everett, Washington has a wonderful Northwest History collection. Here is the link to their digital collection, where you can find out more about topics in local history. If you need to know more, you can contact the library’s History Specialists and get help researching your topic.
You can access the page for a wide variety of types of information. Here is a link to get you started with lesson plans. This link is to an interesting series of podcasts called “Tapestry of the Times,” which the site describes as “... tours through the wide-ranging sound archives of Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. Real music, real people, and the stories behind the sounds.”
Need maps or other images from the past? The New York Public Library released over 20,000 maps to the public in 2014. This article contains the link to the Digital Collection Page, but also connects you to other tools and resources associated with the collection.
Indian-Ed.org - Since Time Immemorial: Tribal Sovereignty in Washington State
The lesson plans and other resources are part of Washington State's new initiative, bringing Tribal history to public school classrooms. The Curriculum Page is newly updated to include lessons about both Washington state and US history at primary and secondary levels. The Resource Page includes tutorials and other useful information.
Seattle's Museum of History and Industry offers a wide range of exhibits, services and events. It is a great place for folks of all ages. The Learn page is a good place to find out more about educational programs, but you can also search the photo or research archives and visit the online exhibits through links on the site.
The Burke Museum
The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture is the oldest public museum in Washington State. Their focus falls into three areas: education, research, and cultural heritage, and theircollection of artifacts serves a wide variety of patrons, from school age chidlren to researchers around the world. If you're a classroom teacher in Washington State and you're too far away to visit the museum on the University of Washington campus, the Burke Museum's travelling services might be just right for you. You can rent a Burke Box or arrange for the BurkeMobile to come to your school.
The Northwest AFrican American Museum offers learning opportunities especially through engagement with programming centered around its exhibits. They offer hands-on workshops for students K-5 and Youth Curator programs for older students. Order a Story Trunk for your classroom, or visit the Curriculum page for free teaching materials. Check out the links to other museums and resources, like BlackPast.org, on the Web Resources page.
The Klondike Gold Rush museum is part of a National Park that includes not only the Seattle Unit, but sites in Alaska as well. The Park itself hosts regular programs for the public only in summer, but you can reserve and education visit during the school year.Connect through the Klondike link to The National Parks Service website, which is extensive and takes visitors to more links than can be listed here. Start on the Teachers page for links to the types of educational materials available through the National Parks Service, including Teaching with Historical Places for students grades 5-12, and online archaeology activities for middle grade students.
In addition to Family Day and Teen programs, there is a monthly story theater for all ages. Go to the Educator's page to find out about all the resources available for teachers.
There are not only curriculum boxes available to rent for your classroom, but the museum offers Educator Special Previews, designed to allow you to take a guided tour of exhibits prior to your group’s visit in order to tailor the experience to your needs. Booking a speaker from the Speakers Bureau to appear during your group’s tour can further enhance your visit.
El Centro de la Raza
El Centro de la Raza provides a different sort of resource than most of the links shared here, but their mission and practice are very important in our community and in our history. You can find out about the center on their extensive website, and even sign up for a breakfast tour to find out more about what the program and vision are about.
We’re honored to have been given the opportunity to share images of the murals gracing the walls of the center, along with their historical background and symbolism here. We’re working on adding this piece to our resources soon. In the meantime, here is a link to Nuestra Historia, Nuestra Comunidad, a video project funded by 4Culture to share El Centro de la Raza's history.
As with many local museums, you can borrow an Outreach Trunk for your classroom. Each trunk includes a listing of the Washington State EALRs addressed in its contents. Visit the museum for a guided tour, or take a self-guided tour with your class, and go on a scavenger hunt. Download teacher packets here, too. Music, dance and Nordic story programs are some of the other activities provided by the museum.
Visit the Puget Sound Navy museum for a variety of educational activities, including a wide range of opportunities for Scout troops in addition to families and teachers bringing classes. Check out the Navy STEM Days or other items in this listing, which include pre-and post-visit activities, as well as scavenger hunts and others related to the Navy Museum. You can book someone from the Speakers’ Bureau for your group, or email an archivist on staff by using the Contact Page for answers to your maritime research questions (we've done this, and the folks there are very helpful!). They have research materials on site by arrangement, as well.