With the 2017-2018 school year in full-swing, don’t miss out on these unique, informative, and diverse resources to engage students of all levels in New Jersey history!

From the founding of the state to the 1936 State House Occupation to the lives of Alice Paul and Paul Robeson, offers a diverse assortment of lesson plans, multimedia projects, and source material aligned with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards.

Here is a navigational guide to Discover NJ History’s (and related) educational  resources:


It Happened Here: New Jersey: Created by the New Jersey Historical Commission in partnership with historic and educational organizations throughout the state, this series of videos offer short introductions to diverse topics in NJ history featuring multimedia source material. (Series Credits)

Educational Resources: This page features a collection of interactive multimedia websites and online projects about topics in New Jersey history. Sites such as Electronic New Jersey, New Jersey History Kids and New Jersey Legacy include lesson plan and resource sections.

Teacher Resources: Here is a list of teaching resource pages on a variety of topics targeted towards elementary through high school students. Each page indicates a target audience and includes a summary of the topic, a focus question, a list of relevant standards, classroom activities, and links to accompanying resources. Most of the pages can be used alongside It Happened Here: New Jersey videos.

NJ History Blog: A collection of diverse and informative blog entries from various historians, elected officials, and experts on an wide array of topics related to New Jersey history.

CFNJ-Field-Trip-NJ-200NJHC is now offering a free, comprehensive guide to New Jersey’s field trips in history and social studies.

Historic sites and museums across the state submitted information on tours, education programs and exhibits for K-12 field trip groups.

Organized county-by-county, it is our hope this guide will aid educators in finding the perfect trips to supplement social studies and history curriculum. Each entry includes contact information and material regarding programs, education content and site logistics. The document will be updated periodically with new information and new sites.

New Jersey Field Trips in History and Social Studies


About the New Jersey Historical Commission

The New Jersey Historical Commission (NJHC) is a state agency dedicated to the advancement of public knowledge and preservation of New Jersey history. Established by law in 1967, its work is founded on the fundamental belief that an understanding of our shared heritage is essential to sustaining a cohesive and robust democracy.