Educators Blog

6/20/14
Author: Alicia Parks

Imagine you are a student, walking into a large building to complete a research task, and immediately you feel completely overwhelmed. You had no idea what to expect when first visiting an archive. You did not even think to bring a pencil or search online to find what documents would work well with your research! Well, that fear should be gone if the student is able to visit the archive as a part of their classroom curriculum.

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6/13/14

When you think of a primary source found at HSP, the first thing that probably comes to mind is an old, handwritten document. Visual primary sources, including photographs, political cartoons, and sketches, however, are just as important to the understanding of history as written sources. Knowing how to analyze visuals is an important skill for all students to learn.

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6/6/14

For those of you who teach 20th Century US history, you might find the most recent lesson plan on the HSP website, “America and the Red Scare” useful. This lesson includes primary sources from two opposing groups during the period.

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6/3/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

You can still receive Act 48 credits for HSP programs.  In June, we have two offerings:  a panel discussion of the Emilie Davis diaries and a lecture to commemorate the beginning of World War I.

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5/13/14
Author: Alicia Parks

Discussing politics in an academic setting will often send up red flags to any classroom instructor, yet incorporating historical political cartoons into a History and Language Arts interdisciplinary lesson can offer a rewarding educational experience in a fun and inviting way. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is in the process of digitizing hundreds of political cartoons dating from the late 1700s to the early 1900s. The ultimate goal is to share them with the public through an interactive tool on our website.

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5/1/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

Teaching American labor in history class will help your students recognize that the work place today is a result of the struggle, change and progress of workers, unions, employers, and industries across time.  Tuesday, May 6, attend a teacher workshop at HSP on this subject and receive a copy of Organizing Pennsylvania Workers.

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4/18/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

Philadelphia was a high volume stop along the Underground Railroad throughout the early 1800s. Here at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania are documents, images and diaries that hold secrets, connections, and loads of information about the Underground Railroad and those individuals who made it possible. These artifacts are now housed in the same city of Philadelphia, where much of William Still's diary was written, where many ex-slaves came to find a new home, and where abolitionists and other citizens came together as a function of the Underground Railroad.

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4/11/14
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

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,

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3/28/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

Baseball season is upon us, and so is an opportunity to bring it into your classroom. Since the 19th century, the history that has unfolded on and about the baseball field has paralleled that which has taken took place in the homes, businesses, and streets surrounding the American ball park. Join other educators, students, historians and scholars at HSP this Thursday, April 3rd for a lecture and  discussion of Philadelphia's very own Pythian Baseball club. This event offers Act 48/CEU credits and a topical unit plan is available for you too!

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3/21/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

As HSP's Ancestry Day excitement has begun to boil down, the intrigue and quest of genealogical inquiries remains for many! Fear not, another opportunity to learn about genealogical research lies just around the corner! A workshop on German American genealogy will take place on the evening of the 26th this month.

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