American Social History Project • Center for Media and Learning

Past/Present: Linking History to Current Events

"Past/Present: Linking History to Current Events" is a new history education initiative from the American Social History Project. The project will add content to Social History for Every Classroom (SHEC), ASHP's online resource of primary sources, teaching activities, and interpretive essays for middle and high school history classrooms.

ASHP staff, teachers, and advisors will work together to choose primary sources and create new teaching materials aimed at helping students see the links between history and current events.


We are currently looking for middle and high school social studies teachers to be a part of the project's educator working groups. Teachers will receive a $2,000 stipend for:

  • Participating in a remote brainstorming meeting that reviews and suggests primary sources and teaching approaches related to four major themes that link past and present topics: black resistance struggles, voting rights, LGBTQ+ history, and the role and impact of pandemics. Groups will determine if these are the most appropriate themes for the project to focus on. (June 2022)

  • Participating in a second remote meeting that workshops and revises the model teaching materials designed by ASHP and the educator working groups. (October 2022)

  • Teaching sample materials and resources in their classrooms and completing a final feedback survey. (October 2022 - February 2023)


(Application deadline is MAY 13, 2022)


Funding for this project is made possible the American Historical Association’s Grants to Sustain and Advance the Work of Historical Organizations Program with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. 

If you have any questions about the project, email Peter Mabli at