For Educators

With professional development sessions, open houses, in-service days, and much more, teachers are invited to a range of learning opportunities at the History Center.

Teacher E-Newsletters

Stay up-to-date on the latest happenings by signing up for the History Center’s monthly e-newsletters designed especially for educators. Learn about special teacher opportunities, upcoming exhibitions and special events, and themed lesson plans designed especially for you. To sign up, click here.

In-Services and Educational Meetings

The History Center’s award-winning exhibits and the Detre Library & Archives provide a relaxed, informal learning environment for groups desiring a non-traditional setting for professional development gatherings and in-services. In-services can focus on a particular topic or can be developed to fit the needs of a specific content area or grade level.

To learn how you can schedule an in-service at the History Center, please contact School and Teacher Programs Coordinator Amanda McAllen at 412-454-6314 or

Examples of content include:

  • Analyzing and Integrating Primary Sources – Using primary sources held in the Detre Library & Archives and online, learn techniques for investigating primary sources and engaging ways to incorporate them into classroom lessons.
  • Creating Experiential Learning in the Classroom – Learn how you can integrate place-based learning, hands-on learning with historic artifacts, and other experiential learning techniques into social studies lessons.
  • Literary Arts Integration in Social Studies – Discover new ways to integrate literary arts into history lessons through poetry, film, fiction, and more, using methods that can range from digital storytelling to investigating images as texts.
  • Accessing and Integrating Digital Museum and Archives Resources – With new digital platforms such as the Smithsonian Learning Lab and digitized archival collections, primary sources are more accessible than ever before. Learn how to find sources in a range of archives and new ways to engage students in the use of primary source material.

Free Preview Pass for Educators

Educators receive a free admission coupon to the History Center when confirming a tour reservation, allowing you to plan ahead and make the most of your visit for students.