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'Staches and Spirits
10/27/14
'Staches and Spirits

On Thursday, October 16, 2014, the Young Friends of HSP hosted a 'Staches and Spirits party at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

Reading Terminal Market: Then and Now
9/17/14
Reading Terminal Market has long been known to sell some of the most affordable, high-quality, fresh cuts of meat in the city. This photograph is dated December 24, 1944. Shoppers looking for fresh turkeys on Christmas Eve were out of luck! (Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue Collection).

This photo album is part of the blog series, A Philly Foodie Explores Local History, which connects Philadelphia history with food-related treasures uncovered in the archive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.

A Brief History of Pennsylvania Peaches
9/2/14
Peaches from Beechwood Orchards, in Biglerville, Pennsylvania, which happens to be located in the historic South Mountain peach belt!

This photo album is part of the blog series, A Philly Foodie Explores Local History, which connects Philadelphia history with food-related treasures uncovered in the archive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

Foodlore of the Pennsilfaanisch Deitsch
8/27/14
Apple dumplings and sticky buns made straight from the 1934 "Pennsylvania Dutch Cookbook of Fine Old Recipes" by Leonard S. Davidow.

This photo album is part of the blog series, A Philly Foodie Explores Local History, which connects Philadelphia history with food-related treasures uncovered in the archive of the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

Stories from the Archives: Politics of Cultural Institution Building in the Early Mid Atlantic Region
10/16/14
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Mark Boonshoft, PhD candidate and a Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Fellow discusses Benjamin Chew and the Academy College and Charitable School of Philadelphia as part of his research in "Education, Civil Society, and State Formation from the Great Awakening to the Early Republic."

Stories from the Archives: William Rawle and Copyright
9/23/14
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Nora Slonimsky, PhD candidate and a Society for Historians of the Early American Republic Fellow, discusses how she discovered William Rawle as part of her research on The Political Development of Copyright in the Colonial British Atlantic and Early National United States.

Stories from the Archives: Free Produce Movement
9/12/14
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HSP McNeil Fellow Dr. Bronwen Everill discusses the Free Produce Movement as part of her research on African Trade and Consumption in the Atlantic World, 1760-1840.

Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus Performs at HSP
6/24/14
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The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus perfromed a selection of Cole Porter tunes at HSP, as part of our June 13, 2014, Stage Door Canteen Party. For video recordings of their set, please visit our YouTube channel. 

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.

Preserving American Freedom and the Common Core Standards
12/19/13

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Sally Flaherty talks about how Preserving American Freedom fulfills Pennsylvania and Common Core standards.

 

Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War
12/19/13

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Richard Newman “Liberty, Slavery, and the Civil War”

Richard Newman explains the importance of primary documents in helping students understand and engage in discussion about the meaning of freedom. In particular, he talks about the contested nature of the meaning of liberty both during slavery prior to the Civil War and  for African Americans after.

Flowers of Paradise: Manuscripts and Illustrations from the Ephrata Cloister
12/12/13

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The Ephrata Cloister, a religious community in Lancaster County, was known for its German printing press, calligraphy called Frakturschriften, and music composed by its founder Conrad Beissel. In a program recorded at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on November 7, 2013, Jeff Bach, director of the Young Center for Anabaptist and Pietist Studies at Elizabethtown College, explored the illustrations and religious symbolism in the Cloister’s music books. The lecture was also accompanied by a live performance by the Ephrata Cloister Chorus.

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

These five word documents make up the four scenarios and a list of core standards to use an example of using the scenarios for teaching in a lesson or unit plan.  The scenarios go with the game Settlers of America: Trails to Rails and match up with primary sources from the Historical Society of Pennsylvania. 

8/13/12
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Teacher Tools

 

Preserving American Freedom is a selection of fifty treasured documents and manuscripts illustrating the exercise and denial of freedom throughout our nation’s history. All of the primary sources focus on the issue of freedom. Freedom as an over- arching theme allows teachers, K -12, great leeway to incorporate these documents into the curriculums of United States History, World History, and several other academic fields.

7/27/12
7/26/12
Reports/Articles