Missouri Digital Heritage :: Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Education is one of the primary missions of the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative.  To meet this goal, lessons are available for elementary and secondary teachers who use archival sources to teach the value of original, historical documents.  In addition, annotated bibliographies and links to sites of interest provide resources for teachers and students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of lesson topics. Using these programs and curricula, educators and students can develop a greater appreciation for the rich heritage of Missouri.

Educator Resources

African American

Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery

  • Following the Lewis & Clark Trail PDF file (requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Students learn about the Lewis and Clark expedition in Missouri by exploring the campsites and landmarks of the journey.
  • A School Yard Journal PDF file (requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Students gain an understanding of how to create their own journal, much like those Lewis and Clark created as they explored.
  • Mapping Lewis and Clark in Missouri
    Students explore the importance of the Corps of Discovery expedition through a variety of activities.


Lesson Plans


  • Archives Alive! Performances
    This page provides information for educators on attending an Archives Alive! performance for fourth and fifth grade students.
  • Missouri State Archives Event Presentations
    This site includes videos and transcripts of past programs at the Missouri State Archives.
  • National History Day
    This page encourages young people to explore history by participating in the annual regional History Day competition hosted by the Missouri State Archives.

Sites of Interest