Educators Blog

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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12/13/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

December 14th marks the 214th anniversary of the death of George Washington. We celebrate President's Day on his birthday in February every year; however we'd like to help you teach your students about George Washington this week too!

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12/6/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

Here at HSP one of our primary goals is to keep you in the loop of what's going on locally in the educational sphere. National History Day in Philadelphia (NHDPhilly) is a program particularly special to us.  It encourages students to become involved with history by "being historians."

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12/3/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

Last Thursday was not only our national Thanksgiving holiday but was also the first full day of Chanukah. The celebration of Chanukah in America goes roughly as far back as the first Thanksgiving.

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11/25/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

Historians recognize a 1621 harvest celebration held by Pilgrims and the Wampanoag at Plymouth, in New England, as the occasion that birthed our American holiday. However, it was not until 1941 that Congress permanently established Thanksgiving in our national calendar.

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11/18/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

Come down to the Society anytime between now and the end of this year (see our opening hours) to view our current commemorative document display for the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War. Opening on November 19th, it specifically marks the anniversary of Lincoln’s address at the Gettysburg battlefield in central Pennsylvania.  The same day we are launching a new section to the Educator portal full of resources for teaching about the Civil War.

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