Database of primary sources
 Museums interested in sharing images of objects from their collection for Teaching Iowa History, please fill out this Permission Form and send it to  with attached jpgs and contextual information.

Lesson plans for grades K-12.  Teaching Iowa History provides an opportunity for pre-service teachers to create lesson plans aligned with Iowa Social Studies standards.  Lesson plans and educator resources are posted at Teaching Iowa History as developed.  In-service teachers and museum educators are invited to submit lesson plans also.  Please contact for more information.

How to teach with primary sources videos
developed by University of Iowa Museum Studies Certificate Program students.  Dr. Heidi Lung, Faculty Advisor.

Iowa historians.  Over one hundred Iowa historians self-identified and were invited to participate in multiple ways during the project.

Iowa history secondary sources A bibliography of Iowa related sources. 


Iowa Public Television's Time Travel Iowa is an engaging and informative look at artifacts from around the state.  View the videos here.


Lesson Plan Template
(Microsoft Word Document)
Professional Development Template
(Microsoft Word Document)
The new Iowa Social Studies Standards are posted here.