Thanks to the efforts of three Oakville High School History Club members, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History has selected OHS to become a Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School.
Through this designation, OHS students and staff members will have access to a variety of free educational resources to promote American History at OHS while improving students’ understanding of the subject, according to a district news release.
To apply for affiliate status with the Gilder Lehrman Institute, OHS juniors Kacie Healey and Nick Bokern, along with sophomore Angelica Carrasquillo, worked with American History teacher Angelia Moore to complete the application, which included an essay portion.
“The History Club decided affiliate status with the Gilder Lehrman Institute would help the club promote history in our high school,” Moore stated in the release.
As an affiliate school, OHS History and American Literature teachers will have access to free lesson plans, primary source documents, traveling exhibits, regional workshops and free classroom materials three times each year. The History Club members plan to utilize the free materials designed specifically for student history clubs, in addition to participating in history essay contests, Saturday academies and seminars led by preeminent historians, according to the release.
The Gilder Lehrman Institute’s Affiliate Schools Program, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, is a growing network of schools across the country dedicated to improving the teaching of American History in K-12 schools. For more information, visit