For Educators

What are Primary Sources?

Primary sources are original historical items that have survived from a previous time period. Examples include historical maps, letters, diaries, pictures, paintings, material culture (such as clothing, furniture, toys, etc.), public documents, audio and video (oral histories), historical music scores, etc.

Lesson Plans

Lesson plans are in PDF file format.

Method Plans

Thematic Collections

East Tennessee Historical Society, Teaching Tennessee History: Lesson Plans for the Classroom