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June Cultures of Independence Teacher Workshop
7/2/15
June group poses by Independence Hall

We have just completed a successful first week of Cultures of Independence: Perspectives on Independence Hall and the Meaning of Freedom.  This workshop for teachers from around the county raises awareness of how Independence Hall has been involved in the ongoing process of creating a nation and civic life, not just in the magical moment of July 1776.  During each day of  a week-long workshop,  the teachers are be immersed in a process of discovering and developing strategies for teaching the ongoing history of

Founder's Award 2015
6/5/15
Founder's Award 2015

On Thursday, May 7, 2015 HSP honored novelist Sue Monk Kidd with the Founder's Award and HSP board member Alice Lea Tasman with the Heritage Award. The gala was held at the Union League of Philadelphia in Center City. The evening's theme was "Women of Excellence", as the 2015 honorees truly exemplify strength, community, and love for the history and heritage of Pennsylvania and our nation.

The Scrapbook of Edith Madeira & PHL's Connection to the Red Cross' Commission to Palestine.
5/29/15
Edith Madeira's Red Cross nursing certificate. Madeira attends the Johns Hopkins Hospital Training School in Baltimore, MD.

Celebrations of the hard work and sacrifice of emergency medical services personnel have marked this year's National EMS Week. For a historical perspective, consider another "first responder" of sorts, Edith Madeira - one of the first Red Cross nurses to treat the sick and starving of what was then known as Palestine during the World War I. 

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Meet the Speakers - Before Stonewall: The Gay Pride Movement
5/26/15
Ain Gordon is a three-time Obie Award-winning writer, director, and actor, and a Guggenheim Fellow in Playwriting. Ain is HSP's inaugural "Embedded Artist".

July 4, 1965, Philadelphia, PA - 7 women and 33 men picketed in front of Philadelphia’s Independence Hall.  On the very spot where Americans first asserted their rights and liberties, this small group of activists demanded equality for gays and lesbians. From these humble beginnings would emerge the Annual Reminder picket, one of the first gay rights demonstrations in the country.

An Artist Embedded: Their Story; Our Story - African American Women and the Fight for Freedom
8/21/15
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As part of the An Artist Embedded project, this program recorded at HSP on May 13, 2015, explored this largely ignored world of activist African American women toiling for freedom. How and where do we find evidence?  What can’t we know?  How do we fill in the gaps?

Stories from the Archives - Vegetarianism and the Bible Christian Society
8/10/15
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HSP/LCP Fellow and PhD Candidate Kathryn Falvo discusses the Vegetarianism movement and the Bible Christian Society in the 19th Century. The Bible Christian society was the largest group of vegetarians in the United States.

Stories from the Archive - Mathew Cary and the Move to Stereotyping
7/24/15
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PhD candidate in American Literature Jeffrey Makala discusses printer/publisher Mathew Carey's involvement regarding the shift from standing type to stereotype plates in the early 19th century.

Breakfast for Beginners
6/26/15
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As part of Family History Days, GSP staff members Carol Sheaffer and Nancy Nelson discuss  the best ways for starting your family history.

1865 - A Nation Reunited
5/22/15

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This April marks the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. After four years of bloody conflict and over 620,000 casualties, the long process of healing and reconciliation could begin. As soldiers returned home, and a people made free, many sought to create a better, stronger Union.

Voicing the Absent: Crafting History
5/12/15

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In this audio recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, historian Jane Kamensky, filmmaker Louis Massiah and Ain Gordon discuss the ways hsitorians try to describe past events as they really happened. They aim at faithful representation. Yet we cannot know what others feel and think, and so historians must always take license with their subjects.

The Truth Behind "Hold These Truths"
5/12/15

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This is an audio recording of the event held at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. The program begins with a presentation by Dr. Franklin Odo, visiting professor at the University of Pennsylvania. It's followed by  a sneak peak of Hold These Truths, performed by local actor Makoto Hirano, a one-man show about the real life journey of Gordon Hirabayashi, the man who famously defied forcible removal and took his case all the way to the Supreme Court... twice!  It concludes with a discussion between Dr.

Preserving American Freedom in the Classroom
12/19/13

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David Reader wrote the lessons plans for Preserving American Freedom and talks about as a teacher using primary sources in the classroom and how other teachers can utilize Preserving American Freedom in their own classrooms as well.

The Contested History of American Freedom
12/19/13

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Eric Foner explores the centrality of freedom to America’s identity and its complicated legacy.

Eric Foner is DeWitt Clinton Professor of History at Columbia University and the author of numerous works on American history. His most recent book is The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery, winner, among other awards, of the Bancroft, Lincoln, and Pulitzer Prizes.

Citizenship and Freedom in Post Civil War America
12/19/13

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In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Walter Licht explores who is considered a rightful citizen of the United States and what rights and liberties these citizens could or could not exercise.

Walter Licht is the Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches American economic and labor history.  He is an award-winning author of historical studies on industrialization, work, and labor markets.

The files below supplement Kim Gallon's article "The Blood Demonstration: Teaching the History of the Philadelphia Welfare Rights Organization," published in Teaching Pennsylvania History, a special collaborative issue published jointly by the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.

1/9/15
Reports/Articles

The files below supplement Mary Carroll Johansen's article "Pennsylvania’s Past from a Unique Perspective: Oral History," published in Teaching Pennsylvania History, a special collaborative issue published jointly by the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography and Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies.

1/9/15
Reports/Articles

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3/27/13
Reports/Articles
9/4/12
Presentations

Presentation covering the use of primary sources with board games for history education given at Gencon's 2012 Trade Day conference.  It provides methods for educators and students to create their own scenarios using primary sources and existing boardgames to better understand history through simulation.

The four scenarios covered within the presentation for use with Settlers of America: Trails to Rails can be downloaded here.

8/13/12
Presentations