Beth A Twiss Houting

One of Beth's main responsibilities at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is educational programs. She organizes teacher professional development, oversees development of classroom resources, coordinates National History Day at HSP, and arranges for student visits to the library. She brings three decades of experiencing working with grades K12 in a variety of museum settings and has taught at the University of the Arts. Teachers and students should feel free to contact her for assistance with history education projects.

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1865 was a watershed year for many people as they were impacted by the surrender at Appomattox, the assassination of Lincoln, the passage of the 13th Amendment, and the setting up of new organizations to help "freedman" and soldiers adjust to post-war life.  HSP just put on display some fascinating items from its collection related to these themes.


Come to one  - or all  - in February and March.  HSP has partnered with organizations around Philadelphia to present a series of programs that illuminate African America history and relate it to current events.


Join us on Tuesday, October 28 at 4:30 p.m.. for the National History Day (NHD) Philly kick-off program.


The Vietnam War can be a difficult topic to teach. HSP has recently developed an unit plan about the Vietnam War, American Views on the Vietnam War, that can help teach about this difficult subject.


Before Ebola, there was Yellow Fever.  Right here in Philadelphia!  Learn all about it and how to teach Yellow Fever as a historical moment, a social challenge, and a medical mystery at a teacher workshop on Saturday, September 27.


The next installment of the Emmy Award winning Philadelphia: The Great Experiment series will air on WPVI/6abc at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4th. In Penn's Shadow tells the story of the early years of William Penn's Holy Experiment. A blend of reenactments, primary sources, and commentary by leading historians conveys this oft-taught topic in a fresh and compelling manner.


Expand your skills and learn about American history while being a Teacher Fellow at the Historical Society of Philadelphia this summer. We are seeking a secondary level teacher to prepare student materials for the 2014-2015 National History Day competition and to conduct a fall teacher workshop about using HSP resources in NHD. The Fellowship provides a $2250 stipend for six 30-hour weeks during the summer as well as the fall  workshop,


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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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.