There are so many great digital resources for adults, teens, and children to use at home! We have gathered a number of excellent online sites to help you and your family learn about a wide variety of historical topics, with special emphasis on resources about women’s history in conjunction with our 2020 theme, “Who Are Cambridge Women?”
Digital History Resources:
- The Great Courses: One free month of access to over 200 history courses, from ancient to modern periods. Several courses to check out related to our 2020 theme, Who Are Cambridge Women? include: Susan B. Anthony, and Harriet Beecher Stowe and Harriet Tubman.
- Library of Congress: The LOC’s digital collections include a number that focus on American women’s history, including: the papers of women’s suffragists Carrie Chapman Catt, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony, as well as the records of the National American Woman Suffrage Association.
- edX: Over 200 free history courses taught by professors at the world’s leading colleges and universities. Women’s history courses include: Women Making History: Ten Objects, Many Stories, Wage Work for Women Citizens, 1870-1920, and Seeking Women’s Rights: Colonial Period to the Civil War.
- Smithsonian Institution: Smithsonian’s online collections related to women’s history includes sections on activism, education, health, science and labor. The newly-released Smithsonian Open Access database gives visitors access to images of nearly 3 million documents and objects from the Institution’s holdings, including collections specific to women’s history.
- National Park Service: For Women’s History Month, the NPS has created a website celebrating the accomplishments of American women. Explore the numerous National Historic Sites and National Historical Parks with ties to women’s history, including the Eleanor Roosevelt Historic Site, the Clara Barton Historic Site, and the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House. Visitors can also access articles such as Finding Women’s History in Unexpected Places, and Make the World Better: The Woman’s Era Club of Boston.
- National Archives: Contains a vast database of articles, images, and primary sources for all areas of American history. For women’s history month, visitors can explore online exhibit about women’s rights, and the journey to the 19th Amendment.
- Khan Academy: This free education website offers courses for teens and adults on a wide range of history topics, including U.S. and world history, U.S. government and civics, and art history.
- Scholastic Learn at Home: As part of its free online curriculum, Scholastic offers grade-level-specific history activities. Resources will be updated weekly, and current offerings include: A Virtual Field Trip to the Museum of the American Revolution, and Girl Hero of the American Revolution.