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Teacher's Guides

Download lessons that bring history to life.

The lessons in Utah Heritage Foundation's teacher's guides use historic buildings as springboards for exploring a variety of topics in Utah history and architecture.  Use our teacher's guides to build a whole unit around your field trip to a landmark building or to augment an existing unit with an examination of Utah 's historic architecture. The lessons utilize a variety of primary historic resources that help students develop critical thinking skills and promote literacy through social studies. Each lesson also supports objectives in the Utah Core Curriculum. Preview the teacher's guides here. If you would like to receive a hard copy of any of the guide, we can send limited quantities free-of-charge.

Our Main Street Learning Module

Utah Heritage Foundation’s Main Street Project

Utah Heritage Foundation’s three-part Main Street Module consists of three different projects that all highlight the importance of preservation on Main Street.

It Happened on Main Street

Written by Sheri Sohm and Karen Rose Brown

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Illustrated by Sheri Sohm

It Happened on Main Street is a children’s book that uses illustrations and historic photographs to tell the story of a young boy, Sam, who goes to Main Street to watch a parade. The book highlights the importance of Main Street in a Communityas well as the businesses and people that have always come to Main Street for the same reasons now that they did 100 years ago. Children can learn about the original function of a Main Street and what purpose they serve in a modern-day environment. The book also shows how preservation and new construction can be intregrated to create a memorable main street.

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Our Main Street

In this short movie, two teenagers, Lexi and Brandon, have an assignment to match buildings to some historic photos that their teacher has given to them. Some buildings look nearly identical while others have almost completely changed. As they discover Main Street, there are some buildings that are hard to find because other buildings have been torn down around them. As they travel, Lexi and Brandon meet friends and go into stores as they explore the people and buildings on their Main Street.

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