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The TAH program typically conducts an annual competition. However, the Department did not receive funding for the TAH grant program in the FY 2012 budget. As a result, we will not conduct a competition for new awards in 2012.


Currently funded TAH projects are providing professional development activities to support and provide resources for history teachers across the country. TAH project websites are excellent resources that allow teachers and TAH project directors an opportunity to take a closer look at what other TAH projects are doing. Click the link below to read more about these projects.

*Note: Only projects that submitted a website are listed. Not all TAH projects have websites and not all TAH project websites were submitted.*

TAH Projectsdownload files MS Excel (52KB)


National History Educational Clearinghouse

The National History Education Clearinghouse (NHEC) is designed to help K–12 history teachers access resources and materials to improve U.S. history education in their classrooms. With funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM) at George Mason University has created the website Teachinghistory.org that provides access to history content, teaching strategies, resources, and research. The NHEC builds on and disseminates the valuable lessons learned by more than 1,000 TAH projects designed to raise student achievement by improving teachers’ knowledge and understanding of traditional U.S. history. The clearinghouse also provides a variety of print materials and hosts an annual conference for history teachers.

Contact: Jennifer Rosenfeld

Click Here for a Free Historical Thinking Poster


Program Overview: download files MS Word (50KB)

Program Resources: download files MS Word (40KB)

All TAH Applications are submitted electronically through the Grants.gov system. Learn more about the system at http://www.grants.gov/

History Organizations

Help keep American history alive. Here you will find nonprofit organizations, not-for-profit organizations, and membership organizations that provide history related resources. You may join, subscribe, volunteer, or give donations to support these organizations.

Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

American Historical Association disclaimer Disclaimer

Bill of Rights Institute disclaimer Disclaimer

Center for Civic Education disclaimer Disclaimer

National Association of Scholars disclaimer Disclaimer

National Council for History Education disclaimer Disclaimer

National Council for the Social Studies disclaimer Disclaimer

National Endowment for the Humanities

National History Day disclaimer Disclaimer

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Preserve America Initiative

National Trust for Historic Preservation disclaimer Disclaimer

Organization of American Historians disclaimer Disclaimer

Society for History in the Federal Government disclaimer Disclaimer

The Close Up Foundation disclaimer Disclaimer

The Concord Review disclaimer Disclaimer

The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History disclaimer Disclaimer

White House Historical Association
Contact: Courtney Speaker


Here you will find professional development courses, fellowships, lesson plans, and exciting classroom ideas to aid our American History teachers in becoming more innovatively and academically advanced.


Facing History and Ourselves disclaimer Disclaimer

George Washington Lessons in Leadership disclaimer Disclaimer

iCivics disclaimer Disclaimer

James Madison Memorial Fellowship Foundation disclaimer Disclaimer

Mount Vernon: Teachers and Students disclaimer Disclaimer

National Archives
Contact: David Rosenbaum

National Center for History in the Schools disclaimer Disclaimer

National Humanities Center: America in Class disclaimer Disclaimer

National Park Service

Primary Source disclaimer Disclaimer

Teachers First disclaimer Disclaimer


The American Institute for History Education disclaimer Disclaimer

The Watson Institute at Brown University disclaimer Disclaimer


Take a closer look at history through media and technology-based resources such as digital classrooms, online exhibits, online libraries, videos, documentaries, and podcasts.

Center for History and New Media disclaimer Disclaimer

Center for Media & Learning disclaimer Disclaimer

Library of Congress National Digital Library Program
Contact: Cheryl Lederle

National Archives Digital Classroom

National Parks Service

Newseum disclaimer Disclaimer

The American Novel disclaimer Disclaimer

The History Channel disclaimer Disclaimer


Visit these historical attractions to relive the past and experience history firsthand.

America I AM: The African American Imprint disclaimer Disclaimer

Colonial Williamsburg Foundation disclaimer Disclaimer

Ford's Theatre disclaimer Disclaimer
Contact: Sarah Jencks

George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate disclaimer Disclaimer
Contact: Nancy Hayward

James Madison's Montpelier disclaimer Disclaimer

National Building Museum
Contact: Laura Schiavo

National Constitution Center disclaimer Disclaimer

National Park Service
Contact: Beth Boland

Newseum disclaimer Disclaimer
Contact: Kristi Kenneth

President Lincoln's Cottage disclaimer Disclaimer
Contact: Callie Hawkins

Smithsonian Institution

Tenement Museum disclaimer Disclaimer

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello disclaimer Disclaimer

Tudor Place disclaimer Disclaimer
Contact: info@tudorplace.org

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Contact: Christina Chavarria

White House Historical Association
Contact: Courtney Speaker


Passionate about history? Join these blogs and share your thoughts about American history.

An American Social History Project Blog disclaimer Disclaimer

National Association of Scholars Blog disclaimer Disclaimer

National History Education Clearinghouse Blog

National Museum of American History Blog disclaimer Disclaimer

George Washington Wired disclaimer Disclaimer

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Soldiers Studies Blog disclaimer Disclaimer

Teaching American History article written by Margarita L. Melendéz, published by the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG) newsletter, The Federalist download files MS Word (129KB) | PDF) (108KB


Constitution Day-Notice of Implementation

FY 2011 TAH Call for Peer Reviewers. Here you will find instructions for completing the TAH Reviewer Checklist and submitting your resume.download files MS Word (36 KB)

FY 2011 TAH Application Package: download files MS Word (431KB)

Pre-Application MS PowerPoint Presentation:download files MS Power Point (4.68MB) | MS Word (109KB) | Program Workshop Recorded Version

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