Teaching with Historic Places Lesson Plans

Byron White U.S. Courthouse

Students and teachers can explore and learn about three historic federal buildings in an interactive lesson plan entitled “Federal Courthouses and Post Offices: Symbols of Pride and Permanence in American Communities.” The lesson plan focuses on the design and construction of the 1875 Pioneer Courthouse in Portland, Oregon; the 1916 Byron R. White U.S. Courthouse in Denver, Colorado; and the 1932 Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House in Louisville, Kentucky. The lesson plan helps students and educators understand the connection between these historic buildings and the communities they serve. The site also contains histories, photographs, a map, learning activities, and a Supplementary Resources section.

“Federal Courthouses” is a Teaching with Historic Places online lesson plan. This series, created by the National Park Service, uses the National Register of Historic Places to enrich traditional classroom instruction of history, social studies, civics, and other subjects. The lesson plan was created cooperatively by the National Park Service (NPS) Teaching with Historic Places program and the GSA Public Buildings Service, in partnership with the National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers.

Last Reviewed: 2022-12-12