The Education Committee Vision is to use our outreach programs to perpetuate knowledge of our founding documents and stories of patriotism, courage, sacrifice, tragedy, and triumph of the patriots who achieved the independence of the American people in the belief that these stories are universal ones of man’s eternal struggle against tyranny, relevant to all time, and will inspire and strengthen each succeeding generation as it too is called upon to defend our freedoms on the battlefield and in our public institutions.
The SAR Outreach Education program has compiled a few supplementary online resources available through various similarly-focused, reputable Revolutionary War period historical sites, organizations, and national museums and institutes. While this list is not exhaustive in nature, these external links should provide interested visitors and educators an initial platform from which to begin their on-going educational journeys. All website links were active at the time of this posting, however, if users find inactive links, please let the SAR know and the staff will adapt this list accordingly. If information from these sites is used online or elsewhere, please reference any and all appropriate sources.
The Campaign 1776 organization uses its resources and focus to preserve historical battlefield of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812. Its website is strewn with in-depth videos, timelines, and other resources to educate the public about the importance of these locations. Campaign 1776 has produced four valuable video pieces examining the personalities, events, and issues during the American fight for independence for use in classrooms, community meeting rooms, and visitors’ own homes.
Colonial Williamsburg has done an excellent job of providing interactive online experiences to students, educators, and history enthusiasts through its website. Younger students can explore games and guides explaining lifestyles during the colonial period, while teachers can gather effective resources and lesson plans. Webcams, downloadable media, videos, andpodcasts will keep visitors busy and engaged for hours and returning for more.
Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge is located near a key Revolutionary War historical site, the Freedoms Foundation promotes responsible citizenship and involvement in patriotic educational programming across the nation. The organization’s website has invaluable resources available to educators,students, and volunteers interested in aiding civic initiatives in both the classroom and community.
Mission US has developed an interactive lesson for classrooms called “For Crown or Colony?”, which allows the students to call the shots and make decisions as a young colonist just before the Boston Massacre. Depending upon the students’ decision trees during game play, the program uses primary sources and historical insight to deliver varying outcomes for the character and illustrate the broader social context and conflicting perspectives around this pivotal moment in American history.
Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia recently found hand-written copies of Revolutionary War solider and fifer Owen Madden’s music book, the staff helped reproduce his tunes on an 18th century fife. The resulting colonial music samples can be used for classroom or community events, or to help encourage the next generation of musicians.
The National Constitution Center offers a quick and fun online quiz called “Which Founder Are You?” to help visitors find out which Constitutional founder he or she is most like. Each patriotic founder’s personality is described and compared after completing the quiz. Educators and students can use this site to open discussions in the classroom about the various perspectives, opinions, and influential personalities involved in the 1787 Constitutional Convention.
Values Through History’s “Why America is Free”is an upper elementary, fully integrated curriculum and educational program endorsed by the SAR. The “Why America is Free” curriculum is an unprecedented, hands-on learning experience for educators and their students. The curriculumcovers the extraordinary events, times, and heroes of the American Revolution as well as the principles and civic values upon which the country was founded. At the same time, it teaches the mandated skills and knowledge in every subject in an in-depth and multi-sensory manner. It does so in a way that unifies students, expands minds, generates respect and responsibility, strengthens character, and establishes a lasting curiosity for learning. Values Through History, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity.