One of the AHPP's priorities is to instill a preservation ethic in Arkansas's young people. Every Arkansas community possesses landmark structures and sites that make excellent teaching tools. This knowledge will promote civic pride, and open their eyes to the wonders of the built environment. By using Arkansas's historic and cultural sites as teaching topics, students will gain a better understanding of their communities and themselves.
The AHPP Education Outreach Coordinator is available on a limited basis to visit 3rd-12th grade classes, homeschool groups, scout troops and other organizations. For more information call (501) 324-9880 or email us at [email protected] To schedule a date, fill out a scheduling form.
AHPP's lesson plans and digital resources were written specifically for Arkansas students and are linked to the Arkansas Social Studies Standards. New lesson plans and resources are added regularly. Click here for a list of available lesson plans. Teachers may also request any of our PowerPoint presentations for use in their own classroom. Email us at [email protected]
The Arkansas Historic Film Prize for high school students is sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Quapaw Quarter Association, and in partnership with Arkansas PBS. The competition honors documentaries made by high school students about any historic site in the state. Films must be between five and fifteen minutes long, and must be about a historic site (building, archeological site, or other site with historic significance) that is at least fifty years old or older. Sites do not have to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, although they may be.
The annual Preserve Our Past Art and Essay Invitational celebrates National Historic Preservation Week and Arkansas Heritage Month. The contest teaches students about local and state history, and fosters an interest in preserving historic places. The contest is open to all Arkansas 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders. Submissions must relate to a historic Arkansas property that is 50 years old or older. Every year, the program is announced in January, and submissions are due in the Spring or early Summer, please check the link to our main contest information page for up-to-date deadline information.
AHPP offers free teacher training sessions related to Arkansas history, social studies, and writing. If you want more information on available teacher training, please contact the Education Outreach Coordinator at: [email protected]
The Division of Arkansas Heritage distributes Heritage Grants to schools, museums and non-profit organizations. Grants up to $5,000 are available for projects that promote awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas's heritage. Examples of projects include creating a new curriculum or teaching tool, special events, lectures and the production of educational materials.
For more information, please contact us at [email protected] for guidelines and applications.