NPS Hispanic Heritage iBook Series Available for Review

As a part of a grant from the National Park Service, the Florida Center for Instructional Technology has produced the first five iBooks in an Hispanic Heritage series. They may be used in public, private, and charter schools as well as in homeschools.

You can download each of the iBooks separately using the following links:

Californio to American: A Study in Cultural Change
Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, Long Beach, California
This volume examines cultural change in Southern California from the Spanish colonial days through the Mexican territorial era to the modern American period through the study of a single ranch. Primary sources include the site's NRHP nomination forms, architectural drawings, and excerpts from two memoirs. 132 pages + 50 glossary terms
Download Californio iBook. [77 MB]

The Castillo de San Marcos
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument, St. Augustine, Florida
This volume provides a comprehensive history of the fort from 1668 until its transfer to the United States in 1821. Additional materials cover the fort under US administration. Primary sources include stereoviews, panoramas, architectural drawings, postcards, and other written documents. 158 pages + 106 glossary terms
Download San Marcos iBook. [98 MB]

Castolon: A Meeting Place of Two Cultures
Big Bend National Park, Texas
The Castolon community provides an example of the mixing of American and Mexican farmers and ranchers along the US-Mexican border during the twentieth century. Primary sources include historic photos, architectural drawings, and four written documents. 81 pages + 60 glossary terms
Download Castolon iBook. [66 MB]

Gran Quivira: A Blending of Cultures in a Pueblo Indian Village
Salinas Pueblo Missions National Monument, New Mexico
This is the story of the Native American Puebloan People and the Spanish attempt to bring roughly 10,000 American Indians into Spanish society. Primary sources include architectural drawings and mission pottery. 76 pages + 76 glossary terms
Download Gran Quivira iBook. [52 MB]

San Antonio Missions: Spanish Influence in Texas
San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, San Antonio, Texas
This volume explores the Spanish attempt to protect their Texas claim by bringing the Christian faith and Hispanic culture to the American Indians there. Primary sources include historic photos and architectural drawings of each mission, document collections about the missions and their decline, and a section about the iconography of the stone carvings at Mission San José. 126 pages + 98 glossary terms
Download San Antonio Missions iBook. [97 MB]

If you have any questions about this series, please email the editor, Roy Winkelman.


What is the cost of this series?

Each title is available free of charge from the National Park Service.

What grade levels are these books intended for?

Currently, the main text of these books is written at the tenth grade level. The reading level of the primary source material varies. All grade levels can make use of the photos, virtual reality widgets, maps, and other artifacts. Selected portions of these titles have been used successfully in elementary and middle school.

Is there a teacher's edition?

There are currently no teacher editions in this series. There is, however, a brief "For the Teacher" appendix in each volume.

Does every student in my class need an iPad to use this series?

While it is ideal for each student to have a device, many of the activities in this series work well as collaborative projects with several students sharing one device. You can also make use of the content by projecting from a single iPad.

Are there companion websites for these titles?

There is no specific companion site for each title, however each iBook links to significant collections of photographs and other artifacts from NPS and Florida Center for Instructional Technology. Examples include the ClipPix and ClipVR websites.