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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‚Äôs 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

The Request for Proposals for the 2019 cycle of funding will be available in the fall 2018 semester.

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. 


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.

Coming soon: New, updated activities for MapCo will be available in August 2018!

Visit Mapping Our Past Website    Getting Started with MapCO

Other Links and Resources

Discover more resources for K-12 teachers. To suggest additional resources to add, please email Phil.Klein@unco.edu

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