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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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11/13/13
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Tuesday, November 19 marks the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address.  In commemoration, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is having a special document display and teacher workshop.

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11/8/13
Author: Alexandra Harris

Veteran’s Day, also known as Armistice Day, has been observed annually on November 11th for almost a century. The first Veteran’s Day in 1919 marked the first anniversary of the 1918 armistice, which ended all hostilities in World War I. Veteran’s Day is a holiday to remember and honor all those who risked and, in many cases, gave their lives to serve their country.

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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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10/24/13
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!

Topics: Education
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