A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn about the particular historical objects and artifacts collected by the Institute. Though the information presented may appeal to older users, younger readers can appreciate the information and imagery that are shown on the site's pages. Readers can also explore and discuss the forces and perspectives that shaped American history at critical points. There are plenty of videos and other multimedia resources that provide a wealth of resources. The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History delivers a broad interactive perspective on the events and issues that shaped America, with a presentation that should appeal to all visitors.
Great images, resources, helpful text let kids access rare objects, get a sense of their larger context, understand history of country.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History is the website of a nonprofit organization that promotes education and understanding about the history of the United States. In addition to extensive history information, parents and students can access information about professional development opportunities and writing contests. Kids are exposed to lots of imagery and artifacts from the more than 200-year history of our country and can get a richer understanding of what shaped America, without being exposed to inappropriate content.
Is It Any Good?
This interactive historical website provides a large amount of context into the events that shaped America. The best bets for parents and students are in the History by Era, Programs and Exhibitions, and Primary Sources sections. Programs and Exhibitions includes an AP U.S. History study guide; it's organized into 10 time periods that each feature a time line, primary source documents, videos, and essays. The Primary Sources section is also great: A reference guide and search features let users sort through images and videos to dive deeply into history. Its bookmarking and sharing features are great, too. This site's developers are helpfully self-aware about just how much information they've packed onto their website, and these saving features (plus the intuitive, persistent navigation) make it easy to get your bearings.
The best thing about this website is how well it brings primary source media to life. That includes old-school documents plus videos, including everything from color illustrations of Theodore Roosevelt and Taft from Puck and the still-shocking "daisy" ad for Lyndon B. Johnson's 1968 presidential campaign. There's excellent content plus expert context, making this a reliable, ultra-rich resource to boost understanding and engagement. The largest issue is that if you're not a history buff, you may only find yourself using this site once or twice before moving on; there's just so much content. Overall, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has a lot to explore, so give yourself time to dive deep and revel in its riches.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.