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A Week in Sunny Nevis
2/25/14
The Golden Rock Estate

A weeklong vacation in the Caribbean island of Nevis for up to four guests.

An Evening with Heritage Award Honoree, Majid Alsayegh
2/25/14
Majid Alsayegh

Tour of Heritage Award Honoree Majid Alsayegh’s Arabian horse farm followed by a wine tasting and dinner.

Bucks County Weekend Package
2/25/14
The Golden Pheasant Inn

Includes a private tour of the award-winning gardens at Twin Silo Farm and accomodations at the Golden Pheasant Inn.

Blue Ridge Mountains Package
2/25/14
Keswick Hall

Includes tours of presidential estates, a wine tasting at one of the region’s premiere vineyards, and a two night stay at the luxurious Keswick Hall

Stories from the Archives: Images of Historic Germantown
3/28/14
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Germantown was founded in 1681 by Frances Daniel Pastorius, and was incorporated into the city of Philadelphia in 1854. Digital Project Manager and Researcher, Dana Dorman, discusses images of historic Germantown, from the Thomas H. Shoemaker Germantown and Philadelphia portrait and views collection. These images are unique in the sense that they give us a glimpse of what the enitre neighborhood looked like over 100 years ago.

Genealogical Resources at the Pennsylvania State Archives
3/26/14
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As part of HSP's Ancestry Day on March 14, 2014, Aaron McWilliams discussed the types of records available to genealogists at the Pennsylvania State Archives. Mr. McWilliams is a reference archivist at the Pennsylvania State Archives. He has appeared on WITF’s Radio Smart Talk and NBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are?” McWilliams worked previously at the Maryland State Archives and as a professional genealogist.

Finding your Family History in Greater Philadelphia
3/26/14
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As part of HSP's Ancestry Day on March 14, 2014, professional genealogist Sandra Hewlett discussed the wealth of libraries, archives, and historical societies in the Greater Philadelphia area. Included in the discussion were the resources available at the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia City Archives, Chester County and Delaware County Archives, county historical societies, and other local repositories that might have the piece of your family story for which you been searching.

A How to Guide to Genealogy at HSP
3/26/14
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HSP is one of the largest family history centers in the country with genealogical material from every state east of the Mississippi River and more than 10,000 published family history titles in its library. Resources include wills, deeds, genealogical scrapbooks, church records, and census records. Learn about the family history resources available on-site at our library and online at hsp.org. On March 14, as part of HSP's Ancestry Day, Senior Director of the Library Lee Arnold discussed how to best use some of the genealogical sources we have in the library.

Preserving American Freedom in the Classroom
12/19/13

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David Reader wrote the lessons plans for Preserving American Freedom and talks about as a teacher using primary sources in the classroom and how other teachers can utilize Preserving American Freedom in their own classrooms as well.

The Contested History of American Freedom
12/19/13

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Eric Foner explores the centrality of freedom to America’s identity and its complicated legacy.

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous works on American history. His most recent book is The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner, among other awards, of the Bancroft, Lincoln, and Pulitzer Prizes.

Citizenship and Freedom in Post Civil War America
12/19/13

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Walter Licht explores who is considered a rightful citizen of the United States and what rights and liberties these citizens could or could not exercise.

Walter Licht is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches American economic and labor history.  He is an award-winning author of historical studies on industrialization, work, and labor markets.

Preserving American Freedom and the Common Core Standards
12/19/13

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Sally Flaherty talks about how Preserving American Freedom fulfills Pennsylvania and Common Core standards.

 

Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War
12/19/13

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Richard Newman “Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War”

Richard Newman explains the importance of primary documents in helping students understand and engage in discussion about the meaning of freedom. In particular, he talks about the contested nature of the meaning of liberty both during slavery prior to the Civil War and  for African Americans after.

Flowers of Paradise: Manuscripts and Illustrations from the Ephrata Cloister
12/12/13

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The Ephrata Cloister, a religious community in Lancaster County, was known for its German printing press, calligraphy called Frakturschriften, and music composed by its founder Conrad Beissel. In a program recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on November 7, 2013, Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, explored the illustrations and religious symbolism in the Cloister’s music books. The lecture was also accompanied by a live performance by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus.

3/27/13
Reports/Articles
9/4/12
Presentations

Presentation covering the use of primary sources with board games for history education given at Gencon's 2012 Trade Day conference.  It provides methods for educators and students to create their own scenarios using primary sources and existing boardgames to better understand history through simulation.

The four scenarios covered within the presentation for use with Settlers of America: Trails to Rails can be downloaded here.

8/13/12
Presentations

These five word documents make up the four scenarios and a list of core standards to use an example of using the scenarios for teaching in a lesson or unit plan.  The scenarios go with the game Settlers of America: Trails to Rails and match up with primary sources from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

8/13/12
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Teacher Tools

 

Preserving American Freedom is a selection of fifty treasured documents and manuscripts illustrating the exercise and denial of freedom throughout our nation’s history. All of the primary sources focus on the issue of freedom. Freedom as an over- arching theme allows teachers, K -12, great leeway to incorporate these documents into the curriculums of United States History, World History, and several other academic fields.

7/27/12
7/26/12
Reports/Articles