About the National History Academy

The mission of the National History Academy is to foster an understanding of key events, people and issues in the country’s history and to engage our nation’s future leaders in the rights and duties of American citizenship through place-based, experiential learning.

Our motto, Historia Est Magistra Vitae is taken from Cicero’s De Oratore, and means “history is the teacher of life.”

The National History Academy is an important initiative to address the current crisis in teaching and learning about American history. A recent report by the National Assessment of Educational Progress concluded that only 18% of high school seniors showed proficiency in their knowledge of American history and 23% were proficient in civics. Of the seven subjects included in the Report, students scored lowest in their knowledge of U.S. history.

The National History Academy has been developed by Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area, a 180-mile corridor from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. JTHG is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and as a National Heritage Area, receives support from the National Park Service and recognition from Congress.

The National History Academy…

Educates

Educating the leaders of tomorrow to reflect on where our nation has been.

Engages

Engaging students in the rights and responsibilities of American Citizenship.

Inspires

Inspiring independent thought on the importance of history in our own lives