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William E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Science Education

The William E. Hewit Institute for History and Social Science Education was established in June 1998 to support K-12 education in history and the social sciences. It is funded by an endowment from the estate of William E. Hewit. The Hewit Institute funds projects that serve schools, teachers and students in Colorado and the Rocky Mountains-Great Plains region.

The Hewit Institute provides small grants to faculty at the University of Northern Colorado’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences to promote innovative programs in teacher education, materials development, and research in the teaching and learning of history and the social sciences.

Faculty Proposals

K-12 Teacher Resources

Doing History/ Keeping the Past

The Doing History/Keeping the Past Project began in 1998 to develop a new generation of Colorado history and historic preservation education materials. The basic idea underlying the Doing History/Keeping the Past Project is that history is something one does. It assumes that students should be engaged in creating their own historical understanding by using and interpreting a variety of primary sources and secondary materials. 

Doing History / Keeping the Past Website


Colorado's Geography: Mapping Our Past

Colorado's Geography: Mapping Our Past is a set of activities for elementary- and middle-grades students to explore Colorado's historical geography. The project includes standards-based geography content and geographic information science (GIS) mapping technology.

New, updated activities for MapCo are now available!

Mapping Our Past Website

Educators Conference: Lesson Plans

In June of 2019, Social Studies teachers from around Colorado attended Hewit History Insitute: History of Immigration in America. After an intensive week, they distilled what they learned into a variety of K-12 lesson plans for the benefit of teachers across the country. 

Educators Conference Lesson Plans


Other Links and Resources

Discover more resources for K-12 teachers

To suggest additional resources to add, please email Phil.Klein@unco.edu.