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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Expand your skills and learn about American history while being a Teacher Fellow at the Historical Society of Philadelphia this summer. We are seeking a secondary level teacher to prepare student materials for the 2014-2015 National History Day competition and to conduct a fall teacher workshop about using HSP resources in NHD. The Fellowship provides a $2250 stipend for six 30-hour weeks during the summer as well as the fall  workshop,


Tuesday, November 19 marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  In commemoration, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is having a special document display and teacher workshop.


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The new website Preserving American Freedom explores how Americans have interpreted and fought for freedom from the 1600s to the present. The project features 50 historic documents from HSP’s collection, making it an excellent way to introduce information texts into the Social Studies classroom.


Need  some funds to do a classroom project or take a field trip?  Jeffrey Collins of Independence National Historical Park offers these grant ideas.


It's time to gear up for National History Day!  NHD in Pennsylvania is holding a Student Institute, sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation at the U.S. Army Heritage And Education Center. 


During the Creating Thrift Curriculum Teacher Institute in July, 2013, the winners of the Teaching Thrift Curriculum Development Contest were honored.


We just updated our inventory of thrift materials!  It now includes additional primary sources related to Sara Louisa Oberholtzer, the Superintendent of the School Savings Banks. 


The Pennsylvania Task Force on Economic Education and Financial Literacy Education just released a joint report and recommendations with the Departments of Education and Banking & Securities abut the trends and needs in school-based financial education.  While financial literacy and thrift education are not the same, they are closely related.  Sign up NOW for the Franklin's Thrift Summer Institute to discover how you can use thrift lessons as a way to literacy  Be ahead of the curve!


Yes, teachers in the early part of the 1900s sometimes acted as bank tellers gathering deposits of coins from their students!


Students often don't see the connections between the past and present.  This blog entry  - from AARP! - actually may provide ideas for teens.