This morning I went down an Internet rabbit hole of looking for lesser-known historic places in Maine. That process started because I was looking for some geocaching activities to do in a coastal community about 60 miles from where I live. Before I knew it I was on the
National Register of Historic Places hosted by the National Park Service.
The National Register of Historic Places is a great place to discover lesser-known historic places within each state in the United States. Within the listings you’ll find pictures and the documents submitted for inclusion in the register. To help others discover this interesting resource I recorded the following short video.
Applications for Education
The National Register of Historic Places could be a good resource to use as the inspiration for local history projects for middle school and high school students. I’d have students go into the register, browse for places within their state and or county, and then conduct a short research activity to learn more about a chosen place.