This website contains historic primary source images and text as well as background information that provides historical, cultural, and literary context to significant events in American history. Additionally the site contains video and audio presentations utilizing professional actors impersonating historical figures and reenacting historical events. The site also contains lesson plans and curriculum units to help educators incorporate these materials in their classroom instruction.

The site was developed over time by a collaboration of museums, libraries, individual educators and scholars, and school systems. It is now operated by the American Antiquarian Society (AAS). More specific information on the collaborating partners and the American Antiquarian Society may be found under the About Us section and at the AAS website.

What's New?


October 29, 2013: Be sure not to miss our last professional development workshop for the season, "Picture Perfect: Nineteenth-Century Women in Words and Images," taking place on November 16 here at AAS! You can find more information and registration here.

April 4, 2013: We have several K-12 workshops being offered here at AAS over the next few months! First up is "The Emancipation Proclamation" with prominent Lincoln historian Harold Holzer on April 20th. For more information or to register follow this link: http://www.americanantiquarian.org/k12workshop. Check back soon for information on our other upcoming K-12 workshops.

April 1, 2013: Thank you to everyone who attended our "Colonial Printers and the Spready of Colonial Unity" and "Of Women and Slaves: Nineteenth-Century Narratives and Self-empowerment" sessions at the National Council on History Education conference a couple of weeks ago! For those in New England, we will be presenting the sessions again at the Northeast Regional Conference on the Social Studies on April 9. We hope to see you there!