Educational Resources

The history of the six counties in the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area is full of fascinating & significant stories. One of MSNHA's main objectives is to discover, preserve and share those stories. To accomplish that goal, we offer educational resources & tools that will help students learn about the culture & history of northwest Alabama. Below are links to educator packets and other publications that MSNHA staff & students from the University of North Alabama Public History Center have developed. Do you have additional lesson plans & resources highlighting history & heritage in Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone & Morgan counties you'd be willing to share with other teachers? Email msnha.una.edu.

Activity Sheet
Download this activity sheet and take it along with you as you explore the Muscle Shoals region.

 

Map Our History
Download the Map Our History brochure. Take this map to MSNHA’s 13 Passport® to Your National Park locations listed in this brochure. After visiting the site, ask for the Passport® to Your National Park cancellation to be stamped next to the site’s corresponding location on the map. When you’ve collected all 13, mail, bring or scan and email the map to MSNHA’s office. You’ll get your map back plus a commemorative coin to celebrate your achievement. (Map & brochure illustration by Jason Behel, art teacher at Muscle Shoals High School.)

Learn more about the world-famous Muscle Shoals sound & northwest Alabama's musical heritage at our YouTube channel and our Roots of American Music website.

Order local and MSNHA merchandise such as books, CDs and other items on our online store

Check out MSNHA sites on the U.S. Gulf Coast States Geotourism Mapguide

Downloadable lesson plans for MSNHA historic sites

Lesson Plan for the Tennessee River -- educators' resource packet

Lesson Plan for Pond Spring, Home of Gen. Joe Wheeler -- educators' resource packet

Lesson Plan for W.C. Handy Birthplace, Museum and Library -- educators' resource packet

Lesson Plan for Ivy Green, Helen Keller Birthplace -- educators' resource packet

Lesson Plan for Natchez Trace Parkway, "Exploring the American Indian Side of the Story: The War of 1812" -- educators' resource packet

Lesson Plan for Somerville -- educators resource packet

Lesson Plan for Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives -- educators' resource packet

Lesson Plan for Architecture Styles in the MSNHA -- educators' resource packet

PowerPoint for Architecture Styles in the MSNHA

Lesson Plan for TC&D Railroad--educators resource packet

PowerPoint for TC&D Railroad

 

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