As the official guardian of Delaware’s state, county, and local government records, the Delaware Public Archives stores millions of records that reveal the cultural, social, and political history of our state and our nation. With the reprint of the award-winning Teaching Delaware History with Primary Sources education kit for the 4th/5th-grade level, we hope to make Delaware teachers aware of the vast array of documents, photographs, and other resources at the Archives that will help bring history alive for children. Teachers will now have authentic-looking reproductions of primary source documents from the Archives to complement their Social Studies and Delaware history instruction. Following our reprint of the elementary level’s education kit, there were many inquiries about the possible reprinting of the secondary kit entitled Looking Back: A Primary Source Education Kit for Delaware High Schools. Through the gracious financial support of the Department of State, the Archives can once again present the high school lesson plans to Delaware teachers throughout the state. In contrast to simply reading a summary of the events that occurred, students now have the opportunity to examine the documents or photographs that are part of the history of our state and nation. In this way, students can interpret the primary sources surrounding an event and reach their own conclusions.
The Delaware Public Archives wants to hear from you concerning this project. Please send along your ideas, suggestions, and comments. If you have some spare time, come visit us! If you are interested in bringing your class for a tour please contact me to make arrangements. We look forward to serving you in the future.
Thomas M. Summers
Manager, Outreach Services
Delaware Public Archives