In-Service Programs & Professional Development

Act 48 Programs

Professional Development Workshops – Act 48

Join museum educators, curators, and local experts for workshops and educational sessions designed to connect educators with the museum’s exhibitions and collections. All workshops include resources and primary source materials to take back to the classroom. 

Pre-registration: Required at least 10 days in advance of the program.
Credits: For most of our educator programs, Act 48 Credit Hours are available to educators who add them to their registration fee. Number of hours available will depend on the length of the program, which vary from 1 – 3 hours 

Discount Code: For the History Center member discount code, please contact School Programs Manager Allison Henline at 


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In-Services and Educational Meetings

For the 2022-23 academic year, the below programs can be offered virtually.

Contact us at to discuss creating a virtual professional development session for your school. 

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 Programs Manager Allison Henline at

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 finding 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.
  • 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.