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Youth Education

    One of the AHPP's priorities is to instill a preservation ethic in Arkansas's young people.  In school, students learn about historic sites such as the White House and the Great Wall of China, but little focus has been directed to the historic sites and buildings that surround Arkansas students on a daily basis. Every Arkansas community possesses landmark structures and sites that make excellent teaching tools.

    Students need to learn the history and importance of local and statewide historic places.  This knowledge will promote civic pride, and open their eyes to the wonders of the built environment. By using Arkansas's historic and cultural sites as topics for teaching, students will gain a better understanding of their communities and themselves.

    For a list of properties in your community that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places, click here.

    Education Services:
    Classroom Presentations
    The AHPP Education Outreach Coordinator is available on a limited basis to visit 4th-12th grade classes, homeschool groups, scout troops and other organizations. Contact us now to reserve your presentation! For more information call (501) 324-9880 or email  You can also check out our FAQ for more information about our programs.  

    For a list of available presentations, click 
    For a calendar of available dates, click here.
    To fill out a scheduling form, click here.

    Teacher Training
    AHPP offers free teacher training sessions related to Arkansas History and Social Studies. We have done trainings in the fields of economics and history, but we can arrange trainings in the areas of Writing and English as well.  If you want more information on teacher trainings, please contact the Education Outreach Coordinator at:

    Lesson Plans and Classroom Resources 
    AHPP's lesson plans and digital resources were written specifically for Arkansas students and are linked to the Arkansas Social Studies Standards, the Arkansas History Guidelines, and the Arkansas Visual Arts Curriculum Framework. New lesson plans and resources are added regularly. Click here for a list of available resources. Teachers may also request any of our powerpoint presentations for use in their own classroom by e-mailing

    Arkansas Historic Places Student Film Prize    

    The Arkansas Historic Film Prize for high school students is sponsored by the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program and the Arkansas Humanities Council, and in partnership with Arkansas Educational Television Network’s Student Selects: A Young Filmmakers Showcase. The competition honors documentaries made by high school students about any historic site in the state.  Films must be between five and fifteen minutes long, and must be about a historic site (building, archeological site, or other site with historic significance) that is at least fifty years old or older.  Sites do not have to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, although they may be. For more information, click on the link above.

    Preserve Our Past Art and Essay Invitational Contest

    The annual Preserve Our Past Art and Essay Invitational celebrates 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. For 2014, winning entries will be exhibited at the Mosaic Templars Museum during the month of May. 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.

    The program will be announced in January 2015.

    Other Resources
    Over 100 Things to Do in a Cemetery
    Related Links 
    Past Contests & Grant Information
    "A Historic Moment in Arkansas" on Radio Disney
    Heritage Month Grants 


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