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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Did you know that the Historical Society of Pennsylvania can be a resource for teaching about the War of 1812?  In June, we will commemorate the beginning of the War of 1812 with a Document Display Day on Monday, June 18 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.  

But before the school year ends, check out our online resources! 


Teachers have a chance this summer to move learn more about Philadelphia history AND to contribute to The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia by registering for the summer institute Philadelphia History For Teachers. From July 16 to 20, teachers will hear lectures by renowned historians, participate in hands-on workshops, take behind-the-scenes tours, and discuss how to put this knowledge into action.


Did you know that the Emancipation Proclamation is approaching an anniversary?  On September 22, 1862, Abraham Lincoln issued the Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, which went into full effect on January 1, 1863. 


The new Historical Society of Pennsylvania website offers teachers many ways to access primary sources.  The first way I would suggest is by seeing what is in the Primary Source section of Education.  The sources here are used within the Unit Plans but can searched by keyword and topic in the Primary Source section so that you can use them as you wish in teaching. 

The source information also may include a number of handy features:


What themes do you use to teach American colonial history? I came across an interesting critique in Common-Place by Darcy R.Fryer of teaching pre-Revolutionary American history in college survey courses .  The observation rings true for secondary education too. 


Do you teach political science?  History of the Progressive era?  HSP has two great new resources for you!

This fall we dedicated an issue of Pennsylvania Legacies to political reform.  In this issue not only will you find fascinating articles about reforms in the Commonwealth from 1890 through 1950 but also ideas on how to use the publication in teaching.


Each week the Historical Society of Pennsylvania publishes its blog "Question of the Week."  You can find this blog from the home page of our website or on any Education section page.


The deadline for NHD Philly entries is fast approaching!  Friday, February 24 is the deadline to register for the regional competition, and all papers and website projects are due.

This week two interns and I joined a group visiting Wilson Middle School.  We worked with the students, answering their questions about their research process.  I realized that that others may have similar questions. Here are some tips borne of those discussions.


Welcome to our first Educators Blog post!  We hope that you will find the news and discussion on the this blog helpful in teaching history.

National History Day Philly is fast approaching!  The regional competition is March 28 and 29, with registration closing on February 24.

To help students get a move on, check out the new National History Day section of this website.  We have