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In 2021, Bringing History Home celebrates its 20th Anniversary by becoming a non-profit corporation!  Originally begun in 2001 as a curriculum and professional development project in Iowa, Bringing History Home (BHH) is now headquartered in upstate South Carolina, and continues its original focus on creating exemplary history lesson plans, and teacher professional development experiences.  We invite and encourage school districts and departments of education to contact us about providing customized lessons and professional development for your state or locality.    

The original Bringing History Home curriculum and professional development project was designed and piloted by a partnership between the University of Iowa and Washington Community School District in Iowa. Since 2001, BHH has been fully implemented in numerous Iowa school districts.  To see a list of districts with full BHH curricular adoptions, click here. Additionally, teachers in various districts in Alaska, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri, and North Dakota, have learned the BHH processes in workshops conducted by BHH directors, historians, and teacher mentors. 

The University of Iowa College of Education Center for Evaluation and Assessment (CEA)  evaluated the project’s efficacy from the project's beginning. The CEA's formal assessments, administered in a rigorous quasi-experimental research design, document significant BHH  student learning outcomes.  We invite you to explore the Bringing History Home evaluation reports.    

As Bringing History Home looks ahead to its third decade, the organization is guided by original Founder and current CEO Elise Fillpot and a Board of Directors excited to provide engaging, rigorous history learning experiences for students around the nation.  These leaders share lifelong commitments to innovative work in education.  Please take a moment to check out their brief bios.    

Developing the history lesson plans and material on this site has been a labor of love for many people. Whether in front of the classroom or behind a web server, each participant shares a passion for history, children, and education. The Bringing History Home project is a testament to the process of working together toward a common goal. We hope you will find our material as engaging and helpful as a myriad of other teachers have found it to be, and we offer the original units here, free for use by non-profit schools.

To contact BHH personnel, please visit our Contacts page.

Bringing History Home Full Adoption School Districts

Washington Community Schools in Washington, Iowa

Creston Community Schools in Creston, Iowa

Maquoketa Community Schools in Maquoketa, Iowa

Perry Community Schools in Perry, Iowa

BCLUW Community Schools in Beaman, Conrad, Liscomb, Union and Whitten, Iowa

Prairie Independent Schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Cedar Rapids Community Schools in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Alburnett & Central City Community Schools, Iowa


Bringing History Home has been funded by three U.S. Department of Education Teaching American History (TAH) grants.  The Grant Wood History Institute, a BHH middle and high school professional development project, was funded by a fourth TAH grant.  

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