Educators Blog

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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3/7/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

HSP has a new document display on view!  The current display, “Up A Tree”,  provides you with images and information on family history documents found in HSP’s archives, including a family tree of Benjamin Franklin’s family. If you haven’t thought about it already, the exhibit will surely instigate a personal desire to dig into your own ancestral past.

Topics: Education, Genealogy
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2/28/14
Author: Alexandra Rospond

HSP has launched a new podcast series based on Preserving American Freedom. The series allows teachers to hear from the historians themselves in how they use primary documents in their own respective classrooms and on the importance of engaging students with primary documents. 

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2/28/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

Black History Month may be over, but that does not mean the end of studying African American history.  In Philadelphia cultural organizations and the City’s council members have designated 2014 as the year to commemorate a typically unsung hero, Octavius V. Catto (whose birthday was on February 22).  They have made a notable announcement of a memorial to be erected in Catto’s honor, which also brings local news and current events into the classroom.

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2/21/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

William Still, born in 1821, is a man with an incredible life story that tells of personal liberation and achievement that can still inspire us today! An abolitionist and conductor of the Underground Railroad, Still worked to help those looking for freedom, find it.

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2/7/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

On February 27th, HSP will be hosting a lecture and panel discussion entitled “The Blackest Market: Kidnapping, Slavery, and Salvation”. The not-so-fun word play in the title alludes to the racial fabric and illegal and immoral nature of the part of history that will be discussed. Author of We Shall Be No More: Suicide and Self-Government in the Newly United States and other titles, Dr.

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1/31/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

In this day and age when the teaching of handwriting is being challenged, enjoy this look back at its history.  The Conservation Department's current display, prepared by Tara O'Brien,  is entitled "Penmanship."  After all, the forging of our nation only became literal with the writing and signing of the Founding Fathers, such as Timothy Matlack, who drafted a copy of the Declaration of Independence, and John Hancock.

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1/28/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

How's your preparation for the coming month’s lesson plans? As you know, February is Black History Month; this article will provide you with HSP lesson plans, primary sources and other resources to augment your February curriculum.

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1/17/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

A celebration of social justice and those who stand for it, Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday January 20th this year. King’s actual birthday is January 15th, however, in 1983, the year his birthday became a federal holiday, former President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that established the holiday on the third Monday of every year. HSP encourages you and your students to take part in community-oriented projects or service on MLK day and invites you to take advantage of our resources when teaching about the holiday.

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1/10/14
Author: Alexandra Harris

Perhaps the classroom's most significant role is equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary for success. In value systems all around the world success often builds upon economic soundness. Financial education, however, has become scant in primary and secondary schools. For this reason, HSP wants to invite you to participate in Thrift Week! HSP is hosting a public document display and a free teacher workshop as an opportunity for you to learn about the historical significance of thrift and its relevance in the classroom today.

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