Educators Blog

8/5/15
Author: Leo Vaccaro

I had the pleasure of working at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for six weeks this summer as the Wells Fargo Teacher Fellow.

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7/29/15
Author: Alicia Parks

I was recently visiting the Hershey Community Archives, in my hometown of Hershey, PA, and it made me think of how we can teach local history, even of small towns, using a wide variety of primary sources. I had never thought of the rich history Hershey held until I had the opportunity to visit the Hershey Community Archives and check out the newspapers and oral history accounts for myself.  

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7/13/15
Author: Alicia Parks

Our programs here at the Historical Society allow students to work directly with primary source documents, and some of the most interesting feedback received has been through documenting students understanding of political cartoons. As a part of the HINT project here at HSP, we polled over 200 students on what they thought of political cartoons and to learn if they were a good teaching tool. The feedback we received was wonderful as many students enjoyed studying the cartoons as a part of their history lesson.

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7/2/15
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HSP spearheaded a weeklong teacher institute about Independence Hall as a landmark for teaching U.S. history – and not just July 4, 1776.  That holiday, which we are celebrating now, may be the moment most people associate with the Hall, but the principles embodied in the Declaration signed there permeated events for the next 200 years.

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6/26/15
Author: Alicia Parks

With the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, it is important to look back at the men and women who fought for equality.

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6/19/15
Author: Alicia Parks

With the announcement that our $10 bill will include a woman, it is the perfect opportunity to teach your students about the history of our currency and begin a conversation on the new look of the $10 bill. Coincidentally, this is not the first time a woman will be on United States currency. 

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6/12/15
Author: Alicia Parks

On July 7th from 9 am – noon, HSP is hosting its next professional development opportunity where we will investigate economic history along with the effects of technology. Today, many students lack valuable knowledge of our nation's economic history or even how to handle their personal finances. We hope this teacher workshop will provide prime examples that will close that gap by integrating interdiciplinary financial literacy/economic lessons into any classroom curriculum.

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6/4/15
Author: Alicia Parks

The Historical Society will be participating in this year’s Juneteenth festivities on Saturday, June 20th at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Since this is the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Juneteenth festival will be even larger with numerous activities and  food trucks -  and admission is free!

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5/29/15
Author: Alicia Parks

We have all seen the images of “Rosie Riveter” encouraging women to join the war effort by working in shipyards and factories during WWII. The same imagery was true for WWI, although it is less popularized, with images of women ‘doing their part’ to help the war effort at home.

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