From the grand State Capitol in Jackson to the modest shotgun home of Elvis Presley in Tupelo, our historic buildings tell the story of Mississippi’s rich and colorful past.  By exploring the built environment, schoolchildren will not only gain an understanding of the principles of good design but will also learn the importance of historic preservation.

In order to foster an appreciation of our diverse cultural and architectural history, the Mississippi Heritage Trust is proud to have developed a historic preservation curriculum for school children in Mississippi available for download to any teachers who wish to implement the curriculum in their classrooms.  The experience and knowledge students gain through the lessons and exercises will build a strong future constituency for preservation in Mississippi.    


Download the entire curriculum (18MB) or download individual sections (less than 1MB unless otherwise noted):

Part One: Buildings, Neighborhoods and Towns
1 Lesson One: What Makes This Building Historic?
2 Lesson Two: Design in Architecture
3 Lesson Three: Structures, Systems & Materials in Historic Buildings
4 Lesson Four: How Buildings Are Used
5 Lesson Five: Neighborhoods, Towns and Cities

Supplementary Materials
9 What Makes This Building Historic? (1.5MB)
10 Is This Building Still Historic? (1.3MB)
11 Preservation Pair Up (3MB)
12 Lost Mississippi Landmarks (1.3MB)
13 Ten Most Endangered Historic Places in Mississippi for 2007
14 Geometric Shapes in Architecture
15 Architecture Style Guide (1.7MB)
16 Scale and Ratio in Architecture
17 Professional and Vernacular Architecture
18 Scavenger Hunt
19 Glossary of Structural Elements
20 Architectural Grab Bag
21 Basic Building Types
22 Adaptive Reuse
23 City Maps (8MB)
24 Recommended Websites
25 Evaluation