Discover ways to share Iowa’s rich history with students of all ages through the following educator resources.
Primary Source Sets
Through a grant from the Library of Congress Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) program, the State Historical Society of Iowa developed Primary Source Sets to help educators meet the Iowa history standards within the Iowa Core in Social Studies. These Primary Source Sets address national and international history as well as Iowa’s history within each set.
Primary Source Toolkit
Are you new to using primary sources or unsure of how to use primary sources with your students? Download the Primary Source Set Toolkit to learn how primary sources can bring history to life. The toolkit has information for teaching students of all ages, kindergarten through 12th grade and older. This toolkit can be used with Primary Source Sets or any primary source you bring to the classroom.
Educational Videos Related to Iowa History
Iowa history plays an important role in the state’s Social Studies standards. The following videos can be used by educators to prepare for curriculum or in the classroom with students.
- Advise the President - Hoover and the Great Depression
- From Ralph to Varnum: The Development of Iowans Civil Rights through Key Laws and Legal Battles
- Iowa and World War I
- Iowa History: You Make the Decision and You Take the Heat
- It's Not American History without Native History and Current Issues
- World War I (Presented at History Alive)
State Historical Society Digital Collections
Are you looking for other digital resources to use with students? Numerous indexes, records and publications in the collections are available online. Through partnerships with various organizations you can enjoy digitized maps, publications, newspapers and vital records.
Group Visit Information
The State Historical Museum of Iowa offers you the opportunity to visit the museum with your group of students or adults. Use the Field Trip Guide for more information about visit policies, arrival information, and fun activities for students.
Iowa Culture Website and Mobile App
Iowa Culture is a fun and interactive way to discover historic destinations and information about Iowa. Explore places by category and location, browse featured tours and save favorites to visit in person.
Iowa Core Social Studies Standards
Learn more and view Iowa’s Social Studies standards.