This educational website is made possible by grants from the National Park Service’s National Maritime Heritage Program and the Heritage Harbor Foundation.
Steamships have radically altered the course of history through immigration, trade, and leisure. This technological advancement began in the early nineteenth century and has had far reaching cultural consequences that continue to this day. This period of transition from sailing to steam-powered vessels, roughly 1809-1909, impacted travel time, reliability, and the movement of goods and people. The transition from sail to steam power is the focus of this educational online repository made possible by grants from the National Park Service’s National Maritime Heritage Program and the Heritage Harbor Foundation. Educators, students, the general public, and avid ship lovers can view archival materials from the Steamship Historical Society of America’s collection. These education modules focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics, and Social Studies. By exploring primary and secondary source material, users can see for themselves the ways in which this movement has affected the course of history.
Teachers will find lessons, videos, images, and guided questions in both the education modules and articles. By clicking on a Category topic in the left sidebar, you can view all the articles matching that subject. Similarly, the Tag cloud allows users to view more specific topics we cover in our articles. Teachers can utilize the technology integration tools for Project Based Learning. They can create their own lessons using those tools or find maker resources by visiting the Tech Tools and Lessons page. You will find samples of how to use our content there as well as lessons we have created. We hope to share what teachers and their students have created using this educational website. Please email us to let us know what you’ve done so we can promote the great work you all do!
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The mission of the Steamship Historical Society of America is to record, preserve, and disseminate the history of engine-powered vessels.
In 1935 seven steamship historians and collectors formed the Steamship Historical Society of America (SSHSA). They brought together amateur and professional historians interested in the history and development of steam navigation, past and present.
Today SSHSA holds non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt status and remains the oldest and largest organization of its kind in the world. It stewards a collection of hundreds of thousands of images, artifacts, periodicals, artwork, official records, memorabilia, and ephemera archived in more than 100 collections. These materials are devoted exclusively to the history of engine-powered vessels, their passengers and crew.
Our members include maritime collectors and artists, current and former crew members, historians and students, genealogists, scuba divers, cruise travelers, ship engineers and architects, and maritime history enthusiasts.
Join the thousands of maritime enthusiasts who prize their memberships in the Steamship Historical Society of America.