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
will promote civic pride and open the eyes of students to the wonders
of the state's heritage. By using Arkansas's historic and cultural
sites as teaching
topics, students will gain a better understanding of their
communities and themselves.
We offer a number of free educational services for students and teachers, including:
The AHPP Education Outreach Coordinator is available to visit 3rd to 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 the title link above 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 Places (AHP) Film Prize for students is sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Quapaw Quarter Association, in partnership with Arkansas PBS. The competition honors documentaries made by 5th to 12th grade students about any historic site in the state. Films must be between 5 and 15 minutes long and must be about a historic site (building, archeological site, or other site with historic significance) that is 50 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 & Essay Invitational celebrates May's 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 school year the program is announced at the end of the first semester (December), the contest opens the start of the second semester (January) and submissions are due in the spring (April). Please check the title link above for specific deadline dates and up-to-date information.
AHPP offers free teacher professional development workshops 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].
While not directly administered by the AHPP, many organizations are interested in Heritage Grants. These grants are for schools, museums and non-profit organizations that promote awareness and enjoyment of Arkansas's heritage. Grants up to $5,000 are available. Learn more by visiting our grant page above.