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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Looking for photographs, maps or prints to aid in teaching the Civil War?  HSP has quite a collection and to help you locate them more quickly, we have created "Featured" galleries.   Right now there are ten of them, and one is "Civil War Battles." 


I just saw the movie Lincoln last night.  Fascinating movie for portraying Lincoln as the consummate politician - and a good period piece too. I wonder if any of you are using the movie's popularity as a way of discussing the Civil War or the 13th Amendment in your classroom? Share your ideas here.


Looking for new sources to use in teaching about abolition?  The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has the records of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society, which shed light on not only the lives of enslaved peoples but also the free black population  of Philadelphia.


2013 will be the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech.  The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has gathered some of its collection related to the civil rights movement into one section of its into website's' education portal. 


What do the Centennial of 1876 and Quizzo have to do with National History Day?  Come to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania on Thursday, November 1 to find out during a free teacher workshop.  Beneficial NHD Teacher Fellow Claire Frosch will share what she learned in a summer of searching our collections for materials related to this year's NHD theme of "Turning Points in History." 


Using Philadelphia's Chinatown as a case study, a teacher workshop on Monday, October 15, models a new HSP unit plan on understanding the role of community organizing in social change and how social change happens.  Learn how Philadelphia’s Chinatown has evolved over time and its ongoing struggle to maintain its geographic and cultural integrity.


Sixth through twelfth grade students are welcome to research at HSP.  Admission is free and beginning on Wednesday, October 3, Student Mentors are available to help guide these young scholars in their work with historical primary sources.  Mentors act as a "research buddy" introducing HSP and its different sources to students, working with them to transcribe old handwriting, and encouraging them to think about how to interpret a source. 


Join us Monday at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania for the NHD Philly Kick-Off from 4:30-7:00 p.m.! 


Primary sources can enrich curriculum and engage students if used properly.  However, introducing students to using primary sources can be a daunting task.  This summer Beneficial National History Day Fellow Claire Frosch, created a multi-purpose lesson in this unit to introduce students to primary and secondary sources, to introduce the idea of multiple historical perspectives and to build skills for historical analysis.


Common Core standards have been adopted in Pennsylvania and 44 other states as well as three U.S. territories. This is great news for history teachers - and other teachers who love history. The standards include reading and writing standards especially for social studies and history. These standards stress student ability to interpret and use textual evidence from informational and non-fiction sources.

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