Educators Blog

11/1/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

Fall is now in full swing! The visible transformation of our environment is reason to name autumn “the season of change.”  So, in wind of poetic relevance, especially as we enter into Thanksgiving’s month, tis the time to reflect upon one of the largest changes that has defined our American history - the history and fate of Native Americans.

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10/25/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

Do you want to know a little known fact about Philadelphia? This nation’s first capital was in the running to become the globe’s first capital too!

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10/25/13
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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10/15/13

     When I first learned of the 2014 NHD theme after beginning as the Beneficial NHD Teacher Fellow at HSP, I thought to myself “What an amazing theme for the resources of HSP!”

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10/15/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s grand reopening is on Wednesday October 16th, in conjunction with a special exhibition of some national treasures. If you do not get a chance to come in and see the new and improved facility in person, review this post to reequip yourself with some resources we have available for you, both as an educator and a researcher!

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10/11/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

The political opposition between Democrats and Republicans are as apparent now than ever before as we observe the political standoff in Congress.  Has the two-party system that structures our Congress always been so defined, divisive and irreconcilable? Let’s look to the history of our political parties for answers.

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9/19/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Students Can Follow On Facebook and Twitter Too

The new website Preserving American Freedom explores how Americans have interpreted and fought for freedom from the 1600s to the present. The project features 50 historic documents from HSP’s collection, making it an excellent way to introduce information texts into the Social Studies classroom.

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9/12/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Need  some funds to do a classroom project or take a field trip?  Jeffrey Collins of Independence National Historical Park offers these grant ideas.

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9/5/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

It's time to gear up for National History Day!  NHD in Pennsylvania is holding a Student Institute, sponsored by the Army Heritage Center Foundation at the U.S. Army Heritage And Education Center. 

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8/23/13

I believe there is no greater way to impact a student’s understanding of history than the use of primary documents. 

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