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10/16/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

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

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10/10/14
Author: Alicia Parks

On October 22, HSP is partnering with Moonstone Arts Center to feature a panel discussion on the Pennsylvania Vigilance Committee and its Chairman William Still. Still is known as the Father of the Underground Railroad and his book, The Underground Railroad Records, documents the lives of over six hundred slaves who escaped to freedom. The story of William Still and the Pennsylvania Vigilance Committee is especially helpful for teachers looking to discuss abolition and the history of the Underground Railroad.

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10/3/14
Author: Alicia Parks

With today’s technology, most students have probably heard about the outbreak of Ebola in Africa and the subsequent quarantine. Yet, many might not realize that Philadelphia had its own deadly outbreak in the form of Yellow Fever. In 1793 this disease killed roughly 5,000 people, or ten percent of the population, and it is estimated that about 17,000 fled the city.

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9/26/14
Author: Alicia Parks

Have you ever seen a student left out or teased by their peers for being different? As a teacher it is important to include lessons on tolerance in your classroom, especially with the emphasis to eradicate bullying from our school districts. On October 2nd, in conjunction with the Library Company of Philadelphia, The Historical Society is proud to host Dr. Marc Stein whose work focuses on the LGBT Community in Philadelphia, particularly the Homophile Movement of the 1960s and 1970s.

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9/19/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

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.

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9/12/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

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.

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8/25/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

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.

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8/22/14

In 1971, Congress resolved that each August 26 would be Women's Equality Day to commemorate the passage of the 19th Amendment.  While not all schools are back in session yet, this day is the perfect time to think about whether your American history curriculum includes women and their contributions. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has several unit plans about women’s history you may use.

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8/21/14
Author: Celia Caust-Ellenbogen

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania offers helpful resources for National History Day (NHD), and of course, boasts many archival collections to support student research. However, for students and teachers particularly interested in local history, or who live far from HSP and want to find primary-source documents close to home, a small repository may be a good place to do research.

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8/15/14

Immigrants quite literally helped to build America. With Labor Day and the school year approaching, HSP unit plans present ways to learn about immigrate contributions as well as to consider their living conditions. 

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