Classroom Outreach

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.

Detroit: The "Arsenal of Democracy" High School Research Project

detroit-arsenal-democracy.jpgHigh 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.

Learn more about the program

Building Detroit

/sites/default/files/images/buildDetroit.jpgBuilding Detroit 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. 

The game website includes a comprehensive classroom curriculum and interactive timeline to help students place the economic concepts they learn in the game into historical context.

Visit Building Detroit

Michigan History Day

Michigan History Day, an affiliate of National History Day sponsored by the Historical Society of Michigan, is a year-long educational program where students in grades 4-12 pick a historic topic related to an annual theme, conduct original research using primary and secondary sources, analyze their findings and draw conclusions about their topics significance in history and create final projects to showcase their work.  The projects, which include papers, documentaries, performances, exhibits and web sites, can be entered in a series of competitions from the local to the national level.

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.

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, Manager of Education Programs, at or 313.833.1419.