Beth A Twiss Houting

One of Beth's main responsibilities at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is educational programs. She organizes teacher professional development, oversees development of classroom resources, coordinates National History Day at HSP, and arranges for student visits to the library. She brings three decades of experiencing working with grades K12 in a variety of museum settings and has taught at the University of the Arts. Teachers and students should feel free to contact her for assistance with history education projects.

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HSP has just launched a whole new lesson plan section and a virtual lecture series on its website, by-products of the 2015 Cultures of Independence teacher workshop.  Funded primarily by the National Endowment for the Humanities, the workshop’s foundational philosophy was that study of local landmarks provides entrée into national historical and cultural movements. 


HSP is pleased to announce the expansion of its student mentor program. HSP’s Student Mentors are now available Tuesday through Friday after school to help students one-on-one with their research or National History Day project.


Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HSP spearheaded a weeklong teacher institute about Independence Hall as a landmark for teaching U.S. history – and not just July 4, 1776.  That holiday, which we are celebrating now, may be the moment most people associate with the Hall, but the principles embodied in the Declaration signed there permeated events for the next 200 years.


1865 was a watershed year for many people as they were impacted by the surrender at Appomattox, the assassination of Lincoln, the passage of the 13th Amendment, and the setting up of new organizations to help "freedman" and soldiers adjust to post-war life.  HSP just put on display some fascinating items from its collection related to these themes.


Come to one  - or all  - in February and March.  HSP has partnered with organizations around Philadelphia to present a series of programs that illuminate African America history and relate it to current events.


Join us on Tuesday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m.. for the National History Day (NHD) Philly kick-off program.


The Vietnam War can be a difficult topic to teach. HSP has recently developed an unit plan about the Vietnam War, American Views on the Vietnam War, that can help teach about this difficult subject.


Before Ebola, there was Yellow Fever.  Right here in Philadelphia!  Learn all about it and how to teach Yellow Fever as a historical moment, a social challenge, and a medical mystery at a teacher workshop on Saturday, September 27.


The next installment of the Emmy Award winning Philadelphia: The Great Experiment series will air on WPVI/6abc at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4th. In Penn's Shadow tells the story of the early years of William Penn's Holy Experiment. A blend of reenactments, primary sources, and commentary by leading historians conveys this oft-taught topic in a fresh and compelling manner.