“Teachers affect eternity, no one can tell where their influence stops.” Henry Adams
who we are
The National Teachers Hall of Fame (NTHF), located in Emporia, Kansas, was founded in 1989 by Emporia State University, the ESU Alumni Association, the City of Emporia, USD 253, and the Emporia Area Chamber of Commerce as a tribute to our nation’s most important profession: Teaching.
The NTHF is committed to drawing the public’s attention to exceptional PreK-12 teachers through a museum, teacher resource center, and recognition program which honors five of the nation’s most outstanding PreK-12 educators each year. It is the only facility of its kind dedicated to preserving and promoting education, and to serving our country by inspiring others to enter the teaching profession and it has been endorsed by practically every national education organization.
30 years of service to america's educators
135 teachers recognized for touching the lives of those around them
37 states and Washington D.C. represented
The mission of The National Teachers Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States. The vision of The National Teachers Hall of Fame is to be a prominent national organization that enhances the public’s awareness of the vital role of education in society by working collaboratively with national education organizations and building linkages with other national teacher recognition programs. The Hall of Fame will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional career teachers, preserve their careers in museum and virtual formats, and utilize their skills and experiences to elevate teacher quality and student learning through integrated programming.
“At the heart of a democracy is its educational system, and in the heart of America is The National Teachers Hall of Fame.” Bill Clinton
As a 501(c)(3) organization, the Hall of Fame seeks private, financial support and encourages organizations and individuals to join and support us in our effort to bring Hall of Fame recognition to members of the most important profession in the country. The Hall of Fame has been fortunate to receive philanthropic support from educational organizations, corporations, businesses, foundations, and individuals. Philanthropy has been a critical element in the growth of the NTHF and we are grateful for the the kindness of both our donors and our inductees who have worked tirelessly to continue to promote the NTHF mission.
tHE nATIONAL tEACHERS hALL OF fAME mUSEUM
Our museum accepts donations of school memorabilia to display so that the younger generation will know what a slide rule is, or how we once copied materials with a ditto machine. We preserve the heritage of the education profession through displays and hands-on opportunities as well as through a collection of early textbooks and school supplies.
Located on the Emporia State Universitycampus, the NTHF Museum also includes a gallery of honored teachers, a Wall of Fame, and a display of classroom miniatures through the centuries.
The museum is free for visitors and open to the public:
Monday - Friday Temporarily closed for regular hours: Please call to book a tour Closed on weekends and holidays.
Local: 620-341-5660 Visser Hall Emporia State University 1 Kellogg Cir Emporia, KS 66801