The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is committed to working with teachers to help students learn American history and historical thinking skills. Our vast collection provides content for lessons connected to academic standards - from the founding of the nation through the twentieth century. Our staff stands ready to aid students in research and assist them in understanding the past and its meaning to their lives today and in the future.  



Please contact us directly to set up programs and visits that best meet your needs.

Note:  In creating our new website, we are working to hone our lesson plans.  The work, unfortunately, is taking longer than expected.  If you cannot find a resource you have used in the past, please contact us and we will get you the material.  Thanks for your patience!


On March 1, 2014, the new Pennsylvania Core Standards for Reading and Writing in History and Social Studies took effect as a supplement to the existing PA Standards for history. Recently, each unit on HSP’s website...