Local History


Here are resources for DC area educators to teach local history, outside the textbook. Most of the resources to date are on D.C. However we will be adding resources for Maryland and Virginia. (Learn more about DC history from Cultural Tourism DC and the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.)


Teach the Beat: Go-Go

Lessons and teaching ideas for infusing the history and music of go-go in the classroom.

D.C. Booklist

Books for the classroom on Washington, D.C.


D.C. Teacher Story

Strategies and resources one teacher used for teaching D.C. from a bottom up perspective.

D.C. History Quiz

A “learn-as-you-go” quiz about D.C. to help fill the gaps in the traditional textbooks and guided tours. 


D.C. Spark

Photo archives of the Washington Area Spark, a monthly newspaper published from 1971-73.

Mapping Segregation

A public history project documenting the historic segregation of Washington, D.C.


DC 1968 Project

A digital project centered on Washington, DC in 1968. 

Guide to Indigenous D.C. App

A free app that includes a walking tour map and guide emphasizing Native Americans’ contributions to the capital.

DC Labor Map

Find both current and historic labor sites in Washington, DC.