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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No April's Fool joke:  HSP just launched a new website resource that will be an excellent teaching tool for anyone covering the Depression.  Closed for Business features over 300 primary source documents relating to a bank closure in Philadelphia during that period.


Expand your skills and learn about American history while being a Teacher Fellow at the Historical Society of Philadelphia this summer.


The successful Thrift Teacher Institute of last summer will be offered again this year!  For five days in July (July 14-18), teachers of all grades and disciplines may join together at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to learn about thrift.  We will explore its historical roots and contemporary applications in ways that integrate the subject into lessons in history, civics, family & consumer science, financial literacy, and language arts. 


The Pennsylvania Department of Education through its Standards Aligned System  website provides Learning Communities around subjects of common interest.  Sally Flaherty who oversees Social  Studies has one with lots of resources for teaching about Gettysburg.


Do you use family history in your classroom as a way of personalizing history lessons?  Or do you, the teacher, want to create your own family tree outside of the classroom?  Either way, HSP has many resources for you.

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Can you see what the Washington family is admiring on the table?  It is a map of Washington D.C. This print was made in 1798, so the City was still under construction.  Congress held its first session there on November 17,1800.  But the commissioners in charge of construction  had decided on September 9, 1791 to name the City after the first president.


Do you teach financial literacy or the history of early 20th century reform movements?  Do you work with your students on skills for the 21st workplace like work ethic and stewardship? Have you included the idea and history of thrift in those lessons, or would like to?  Then enter our Teaching Thrift Curriculum Development Contest by May 15 and win cash prizes.


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has debuted a new short video series:  "Stories from the Archives" that might be useful in the classroom.  Each month a staff person shares something from our vast collection that he or she finds particularly interesting.  Each video is less than three minutes and provides teachers a quick way to either pique interest in a subject, showcase what an archive is, or illustrate a primary source for a topic under study.


Thrift Week may be January 17-23, but we are celebrating it in a big way on Saturday, January 26!  That is when we are hosting Engaging Students in Thrift from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. You will leave with a free issue of the Pennsylvania Legacies magazine on the topic of thrift and materials for use in the classroom.


With the Day That Will Live in Infamy last week, I got to thinking about how teachers might find resources on for teaching about World War II.  While one could just search the whole website, sometimes it is helpful to have an inside guide to know where to look.