JOHNSTON, IOWA (September 28, 2022) — Continuing its pursuit of educational excellence, Iowa PBS has contributed to a national educational effort to collect and create free media resources that inspire advanced ways of social studies learning in the classroom.

Created through a collaboration led by GBH, the US History Collection integrates untold stories and perspectives in order to broaden students’ appreciation of history’s complexity. This collection focuses on diverse storytelling and providing different historical perspectives on a variety of topics, enabling teachers and students to further integrate rich and valuable media into their classrooms.

“We are excited to include our resources and content in the rich US History Collection established by GBH,” said Iowa PBS Director of Educational Services Ken Harrison. “This collaboration of content covers critical topics throughout US history and provides ready-to-use activities and media for the classroom.”

Designed to offer supplemental media for US history survey courses, the collection of free resources is distinctive in its media focus, its organization by era and historical thinking skills, and its presentation of history from diverse perspectives. Materials are also accessible for students using assistive technologies such as screen readers. Content within the collection has been approved by other teachers and will continue to have new materials added.

In addition to GBH and Iowa PBS, the project includes five additional public media contributors: WNET, PBS/Ken Burns Classroom, WETA, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Retro Report, PBS Wisconsin Education, and Latino Public Broadcasting. Original content has also been created for the collection.

More information on the US History Collection and other PBS resources for social studies classrooms will be presented by Iowa PBS Education’s Cody Smith at the Iowa Council for the Social Studies annual conference on October 3 in Altoona, Iowa.

As Iowa's only statewide television network, Iowa PBS’s mission to educate, inform, enrich. and inspire Iowans guides its quality, non-commercial programming that tells Iowa's stories like no one else can. Four statewide, public channels offer programs of lasting value to Iowans, regardless of where they live or what they can afford: Iowa PBS .1, Iowa PBS KIDS .2, Iowa PBS WORLD .3 and Iowa PBS Create .4 on Channel 11, Des Moines; Channel 12, Iowa City; Channel 21, Fort Dodge; Channel 24, Mason City; Channel 27, Sioux City; Channel 32, Waterloo; Channel 32, Council Bluffs; Channel 36, Davenport; and Channel 36, Red Oak. More information can be found at

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