Washington Elementary, Evanston IL

"Having the opportunity to get their hands on actual historical documents is vitally important for kids to take something that may seem abstract and understand it in a more concrete way."

“ HIYHF was such an easy and effective way to integrate real historical artifacts into our unit on Maps.  Our kids were so excited to see real examples of maps from throughout history.  And the fact that HIYHF came to our classroom and provided so many materials was so helpful to my lesson planning!  It's like a field trip in your own classroom!"

– Jesse Orbea   |  1st Grade Teacher, Washington Elementary School

On February 9, 2017 we were fortunate enough to have visited all five 1st grade classrooms. Our topic that day was on the concept of "scope," with regards to the wide variety of areas depicted in maps. In an effort to foster a better understanding of such concepts, we provided ten authentic, antique maps for the students to engage with through a hands on experience. These maps represented several different areas and styles of cartography and ranged in date from the 16th to the 20th century.