Historical Investigations Portal

The Historical Investigations Portal is our online curriculum, offering interactive lesson plans that allow students to analyze and synthesize multiple primary source documents, images, and objects to draw evidence-based conclusions about compelling historical questions.

Since 2015, Maryland teachers have enjoyed the lessons and primary source collections found in HIP. This fall, we are proud to relaunch the curriculum on a new platform that will make it even easier for educators to access these high quality instructional tools. MDHS is partnering with CourseArc, a local leader in e-learning. Districts, individual schools or teachers can link HIP lessons directly through their Learning Management Systems or other digital resource platforms. Therefore, even more students and teachers will be able to learn about the unique stories of Maryland, and their connections to the larger history of the nation!

Subscriptions are free for the 2019-20 school year. You may contact our Director of Education, David Armenti, for more information about getting your classroom, school or district set up with HIP:
darmenti@mdhs.org OR 410-685-3750 x324.


Available Lessons:

4th & 5th Grade

  • Maryland Colonists Meet the Native Americans
  • The Founding of Maryland
  • Lord Baltimore's Lesson in Geography
  • Maryland During the Revolution: Loyalist or Patriot?
  • The Tobacco Economy
  • How Did the Chesapeake Bay Shape Early Maryland?
  • Religious Tolerance in Early Maryland
  • The Underground Railroad: Resisting Slavery in Maryland
  • Civil War Maryland: Martial Law in Baltimore
  •  Free African American Experience in Antebellum Maryland 
  • Forced Migration of Africans
  • Anthony Stewart: Guilty or Innocent?
  • Western European Immigration: Push and Pull Expanding Maryland's Western Frontier
  • Baltimore and the American Revolution
  • Comparing Maryland's Regions
  • Maryland's Indians, Before and After
  • Slavery in its Many Forms



8th-10th Grade

  • Liberty and Slavery (Change Over Time)
  • The Constitution and Common Americans
  • Maryland During the Revolution: Loyalist or Patriot?
  • The Tobacco Economy
  • Was the Dred Scott Decision Legally Correct?
  • Religious Tolerance in Early Maryland
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Women in Public Life



Please contact Director of Education, David Armenti:

410-685-3750 x324