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The Detroit Historical Society is your partner in education. To better serve the needs of educators and students, we have bolstered our outreach resources. These resources bring museum learning to the classroom through engaging online experiences, classroom tools, and curriculum support through participation in the National History Day program.
Detroit: The "Arsenal of Democracy" High School Research Project
High school students are invited to explore Detroit’s role during World War II, particularly in regards to the hundreds of Detroit factories that switched from making cars, tools, gears, and other industrial items to making products for the war. Students will chose a factory that was located near their school or neighborhood and research using archives, libraries and museums to learn about its role before, during and after the war. Their original research, including primary source documents and photographs, will be featured on an interactive map on the Detroit Historical Society website, where researchers from around the world can benefit from their scholarship.
Building Detroit, our first online educational experience, is an economic simulation of Detroiters at work from 1760 to 1890, spanning the dramatic transformation of Detroit from agrarian village to industrialized city. It features five levels, roughly corresponding to key time periods in Detroit’s history; 1760s, 1790s, 1820s, 1860s and 1890s. The game is directly aligned with Grade Level Content Expectation for social studies for grades 2-4.
Michigan History Day
We are proud to support the Michigan History Day program at the local level. During the school year, we provide teachers and students with information and resources on the program. Each March, the Detroit Historical Museum hosts the local competition for students throughout southeastern Michigan.
For more information on Michigan History Day, visit the Historical Society of Michigan’s website.
Great Lakes Transportation Traveling Trunk
This traveling maritime transportation chest, created by the Center for Science & Environmental Outreach at Michigan Technological University, is full of classroom resources that help students grasp geographic, social, and economic concepts surrounding transportation on the Great Lakes. It includes children’s books, media, maps, and curriculum units, and is available for your classroom use. Use of the trunk is FREE!
For more information contact Tobi Voigt, Director of Education at email@example.com.