Educator Resources

Educators at an event

The Society’s exceptional collection numbers over 13 million manuscripts, objects, books, images, and works of art. Topics covered include early American and Revolutionary history, 18th and 19th century natural history, American Indian linguistics and culture, nuclear physics, computer development, medical science, genetics and eugenics, and the development of cultural anthropology in America.

Virtual Offerings

Many of the APS Library’s manuscripts and images have been digitized; this website will allow you to explore those pieces of the collection.

This page contains an archive of several years of online exhibitions and resources compiled by the APS, many topics might be of interest to educators and National History Day participants.

Paired resources for each of the digital galleries and exhibitions. Start here before checking out the many digital galleries and exhibitions created by Museum staff and our Center for Digital Scholarship! 

From transcription to post office records, explore these resources to learn about science and scientific learning in early America through the many works and communities of Benjamin Franklin.

A page containing free crafts and activities for de-stressing or hands-on learning.

This page is for those curious about the practice of letter writing before, in, and after the 18th century. You'll also find materials to teach transcription skills and the basics of reading and writing in cursive. 

Learn about edits to the Declaration of Independence, from when they happened to what they mean along with some the legacies of the American document. 

Explore the careers and people that make the APS what it is! 

An immersive and sensory lesson on the 1793 yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia and the roles played by doctors, the Free African Society, and many others. 

Information and activities on 18th and 19th century naturalists and their roles in both science and the APS.

Starting point for students and teachers of all grade levels interested in accessing, understanding, and using archives

Distance Learning

We offer distance learning opportunities, too! All offerings are bookable through our page on the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration

Have questions about other distance learning opportunities with the APS? Email us at [email protected]!


Contact Us

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