about teaching columbus
Teaching Columbus is a public history and civic engagement initiative by and for Columbus educators.
The Teaching Columbus Public History Initiative began 2012, as part of the Bicentennial celebration of the city of Columbus. Led by Columbus educators Matt Doran, Karen Fiedler, and Doreen Uhas Sauer, teachers participated in professional development workshops connecting local history to national themes in American history. Teaching Columbus also co-sponsored an Urban Studies Institute in partnership with the History Speaks Teaching American History grant. Student projects included Serving Columbus, a partnership with 88 community organizations through Columbus Rotary and HandsOn Central Ohio.
TeachingColumbus.org serves as the online home of the Teaching Columbus Public History Initiative. Local history projects are the cornerstone of this online resource center. These projects include: Columbus in American History, The African-American Experience Blog, Columbus Neighborhoods in the Classroom, Historic Places Collections, City Quests, and Primary Source Collections.
In 2019, we redesigned this website, sun-setting some legacy projects and revising others. New projects are on the horizon -- soon you will be able take virtual tours of the city with Google Expeditions. We are also launching an online local history textbook for elementary students in 2020.
Matt Doran serves as the current managing editor of TeachingColumbus.org.