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Peopling the American Past


Peopling the American Past is a Teaching American History project designed in partnership with the Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Frederick, Manassas City, Orange, and Winchester Public Schools and the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media at George Mason University to increase teachers' and students' knowledge of traditional American history and ability to analyze primary sources and think historically.

Funded by the U.S. Department of Education, TAH grants developed, documented, evaluated, and disseminated innovative and cohesive models of professional development. By helping teachers to develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of U.S. history as a separate subject matter within the core curriculum, these programs were designed to improve instruction and raise student achievement. Grants were awarded from 2001 to 2010.

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Eleanor Greene
Kelly Schrum


Patricia Downey

Web Designer(s)

Stephanie Hurter

Staff Members

Patrice Mortson

Content Experts

Sharon Leon
Roy Rosenzweig
Hugh Sockett
Jane Turner Censer
Peter R. Henriques
T. Mills Kelly
Wendi Manuel-Scott
Melanie McAlister
Timothy Meagher
Timothy Nosal
Michael O'Malley
Carla Peterson
Adam Rothman
Tom Scheinfeldt
Zachary Schrag
Jeffrey Stewart
Robert Sutton
Rosemarie Zagarri


U.S. Department of Education


Clarke County School District
Culpeper County School District
Frederick County School District
Manassas City School District
Orange County School District
Winchester Country School District


Primary and secondary U.S. History educators





“Peopling the American Past,” RRCHNM20, accessed November 28, 2023, https://20.rrchnm.org/items/show/222.

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This Item Partner Item: Clarke County School District
This Item Partner Item: Culpeper County School District
This Item Partner Item: Frederick County School District
This Item Partner Item: Manassas City School District
This Item Partner Item: Orange County School District
This Item Partner Item: Winchester Public Schools
This Item Staff Item: Kelly Schrum
This Item Staff Item: Eleanor Greene
This Item Staff Item: Patrice Mortson
This Item Staff Item: Stephanie Hurter