Connecticut History

  • Connecticut Labor and Working Class History– Provided by the CT State Department of Education August, 2018.
  • CT History Online – The CT Historical Society, UConn, and the Mystic Seaport have collaborated
    to launch a brand new website with over 12,000 historic images; school resources and lesson plans; research assistance; state-of-the-art Geo-locator; powerful search engine; and stories that take you on a journey through time.
  • Connecticuthistory.org – A new website created by the Connecticut Humanities Council provides extensive information about Connecticut’s past. This site includes a searchable encyclopedia of Connecticut history, archives of original Colonial documents, an extensive bibliography, a directory of 200 historic sites in the state and a heritage events calendar.
  • CTMirror.org is a new website on state government that includes coverage of the state budget,education, the economy, health, human services etc.
  • CT News Junkie has covered the State Capitol and other state news for a while.
  • Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut, 1636-1776 – The Colonial Connecticut Records is a wealth of information dealing with history, political science, law, agriculture, sociology, Indian policy, military history, foreign relations, etc.
  • Connecticut Explored, ctexplored.org, is a nonprofit public history magazine on Connecticut history. In addition to the quarterly magazine, their web site has articles from more than 50 back issues on myriad Connecticut history topics and a section for teachers. Teachers may subscribe at a discount. Their new free podcast, Grating the Nutmeg, produced in collaboration with the state historian, offers Connecticut history stories in audio at gratingthenutmeg.libsyn.com (also available on iTunes).
  • CONNECTICUT HUMANITIES COUNCIL- Resources on programs and services to help explore Connecticut’s cultural life and great literature. ConnecticutHistory.org
  • Jewish Federation Association of Connecticut (JFACT) – If schools are looking for Holocaust survivors to speak to students, contact Kathy Fishman at jfact@mcmgmt.com or (860) 727-5771. The JFACT website is: http://jfact.org.
  • Scanned Maps of Connecticut, 1676-1900 – The University of Connecticut Libraries historical map collection consists of 287 digitized maps of Connecticut, Long Island Sound, New England, the Northeast Atlantic region, and the United States from the period 1676-1919.  
  • Mark Twain House
    This site contains information about Mark Twain’s life and a virtual tour of his home in Hartford. Classroom materials are available for purchase. Contains links to other historic sites in Connecticut.
  • Mashantucket Pequot Museum
    This site provides information about current exhibits at the Mashantucket Pequot Museum, the history of the tribe, and access to the online catalog of resources found in the research library and tribal archives.

2021 CCSS Awards – Nomination Window Open

Recognize an outstanding social studies teacher,  administrator, pre-service teacher, current/retired professional, organization etc.  April 1 Deadline for most categories (exception May 1 for Pre-Service and John Stedman Awards) Award Information  CCSS Awards

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News Release- Statement on History and Social Studies Education in CT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2020 Statement on History and Social Studies Education in Connecticut (Link to PDF) We are Connecticut historians, social studies professionals, and teachers, who steadfastly believe in the importance of history as a guiding and transformative way to understand our nation’s current political and cultural struggles. We are committed to helping […]

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Spotlight- Book coedited by Dr. Tully wins national prize

Congratulations to CCSS Board Member and former President- Dr. John Tully! The American Historical Association has named “Understanding and Teaching the Civil Rights Movement,” a recent volume in the Goldberg Series co-edited by Dr. John D. Tully, as the winner of the 2020 James Harvey Robinson Prize. This national prize is the AHA’s highest award […]

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Media Literacy Election Guide

Project Look Sharp Creates Media Literacy Election Guide Help your students with free media literacy resources and approaches related to the elections that will work with either online or face-to-face or instruction. View the Guide.

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2020 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year

Federico Fiondella, SCSU, M.S. ’03, 6th Yr. ’18, a teacher at North Haven High School, has been named the 2020 Connecticut History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. Inaugurated in 2004, the History Teacher of […]

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Resources for Psychology Teachers

The American Psychological Association (APA) has been providing members, educators, and the public with up-to-date resources and information on topics such as stress, mental health care, and online learning.  We hope these resources will be helpful to you. The APA Teachers of Psychology in Secondary Schools (TOPSS) has made 20 unit lesson plans and a new, searchable […]

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Tour Locally! Historic House Tours in Connecticut

Spring tours have been postponed to the summer and fall. Histoury is a nonprofit that specializes in guided architectural history tours in Connecticut. Fifteen localities will be featured this year. Each tour will have a unique theme and showcase over twenty buildings. Guests will ride on comfortable buses or old-fashioned trolleys as guides discuss the […]

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WORKSHOP OPPORTUNITY- ISLAM

The Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding offers free professional development workshops at the venue of organizers’ choice. The speaker’s honorarium and all travel expenses are paid by the ACMCU. The workshops can be customized to meet the needs of the organizer—a school district, community center, university department, or private school. These workshops […]

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Psychology Teachers – 2020 Student Competition

2020 TOPSS Competition for High School Psychology Students High school psychology students are invited to write an essay of no more than 3,000 words that addresses the topic of psychology in politics. The essay should discuss psychological concepts that can help in understanding political polarization, and how psychological science can explain how individuals and groups […]

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Civic Online Reasoning (COR)- A New Curriculum

A new curriculum: Civic Online Reasoning (COR) Students are confused about how to evaluate online information. We all are. The COR curriculum provides free lessons and assessments that help you teach students to evaluate online information that affects them, their communities, and the world. The COR curriculum was developed by the Stanford History Education Group as […]

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