Consistent with the University's legacy as a land grant institution, the outreach efforts of the Goldberg Center seek to connect the History department with the citizens of Ohio and the world beyond.

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History Teaching Institute: The History Teaching Institute is the primary outreach unit of the Goldberg Center, sharing the History Department's expertise and enthusiasm for teaching history with Ohio's K-12 teachers. The staff of the History Teaching Institute works with teachers to develop standards-based social studies curricula, to incorporate primary sources into classroom instruction, and to employ technology to improve teaching and learning in schools across the state. The HTI has been the recipient of several Teaching American History grants from the U.S. Department of Education, through which the staff offers seminars and summer institutes with content presentations by History Department faculty.

The Neighborhood Institute: The Neighborhood Institute is a multi-year undertaking in civic engagement, involving Ohio State faculty and students as well as neighborhood leaders and residents in the area east of the Ohio State campus. This working group—supported by the Humanities Institute and curated by Goldberg Center and by Professor Steven Conn, Director of the History Department’s public history initiative-- treats the University Area as a subject of academic inquiry. Our goals are to provide research and place-based learning opportunities for undergraduate members of the group, to improve the quality of life of the University area community, to breach the wall between the University and the neighborhood, to create data and information useful to neighborhood organizations, local non-profits, urban policy makers and other external entities like Campus Partners; and to become a (national) model for university/community partnerships.

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"Community Development without Gentrification"
featuring Michael Wilkos 02-09-2011 (video)

Goldberg Outreach Forum: The Goldberg Outreach Forum brings together outreach practitioners and those interested in outreach to talk about issues and share best practices.

"Why Here | Why Now: oral history, new media & the experience of community." (May 7, 2010)
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Brooke Bryan presented "Why Here | Why Now: oral history, new media & the experience of community." The Why Here | Why Now Project explores place, personhood, and the experience of community in Yellow Springs, Ohio. The project seeks to document and portray the lived experience of the families of Yellow Springs — their individual struggles and accomplishments, their relationship to others in the community, and to the place of Yellow Springs. Through interview and documentary photography, Brooke works with digital audio and new media with the hopes of reinvigorating community and fostering conversations that might not happen on the street.

Lesson Plans:

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The Opper Project: Using Editorial Cartoons to Teach History: The HTI's website includes access to The Opper Project, a joint production with the Ohio State University Cartoon Research Library. The Opper Project is an on-line collection of historic editorial cartoons suitable for classroom use. Covering more than one hundred years of American history, the cartoons are organized topically with associated teacher-created lesson plans tied to the Ohio Academic Content Standards.

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Cold Cases: Lessons in Historical Skills and Methods: Using digitalized collections from the Byrd Polar Research Center, this is a collection of plans that promote historical thinking skills; with each lesson plan, students use primary sources to determine what happened in the past. A variety of sources - including photos, letters, diaries, reports, and memoirs - are represented and the lessons take a variety of approaches.

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eHistory: eHistory.osu.edu is the digital outreach portal of the Goldberg Center Reaching an audience of K-12 teachers, students and history enthusiasts, eHistory connects with over 80,000 viewers a month around the world, and is noted especially for its collection of primary sources (including the well-regarded "Official Records of the Civil War") and collections of historic maps and images. eHistory also features multimedia histories, such as on-line exhibitions, digital films and interactive sites. eHistory also publishes monthly book reviews.