Missouri Digital Heritage :: Educational Resources

Educational Resources

Education is one of the primary missions of the Missouri Digital Heritage Initiative.  To meet this goal, lessons are available for elementary and secondary teachers who use archival sources to teach the value of original, historical documents.  In addition, annotated bibliographies and links to sites of interest provide resources for teachers and students interested in gaining a deeper understanding of lesson topics. Using these programs and curricula, educators and students can develop a greater appreciation for the rich heritage of Missouri.

Educator Resources

African American

Lewis & Clark's Corps of Discovery

  • A School Yard Journal PDF file (requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader)
    Students gain an understanding of how to create their own journal, much like those Lewis and Clark created as they explored.


  • Man's Best Friend: The Old Drum Story
    Students gain an understanding of the judicial process through Missouri court records related to the origin of the saying “a dog is man’s best friend.”

Lesson Plans

  • SOS Kids' Page
    This page provides a fun learning adventure on Missouri history.


  • Archives Alive! Performances
    This page provides information for educators on attending an Archives Alive! performance for fourth and fifth grade students.
  • National History Day
    This page encourages young people to explore history by participating in the annual regional History Day competition hosted by the Missouri State Archives.

Sites of Interest

  • Famous Missourians
    This link includes biographical material and images related to notable Missourians.
  • Hall of Famous Missourians
    This site contains information on the bronze busts in the Missouri Capitol honoring individuals recognized for outstanding achievements in Missouri history.
  • Learning in Missouri
    This page includes a listing of Missouri’s educational resources for all ages.