Alicia Parks

Historical Society of PA

Alicia began as an Education Intern in January 2014. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from UNC Greensboro in 2011 and recently completed a Master of Arts in History from Villanova University. She aims to create interdisciplinary lesson plans which allow teachers to incorporate history into their daily curriculum.

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In case you did not know, April marks Financial Literacy Month! With the staggering cost of continuing education as well as the unstable job market, it is even more important to make sure students are prepared to handle their own finances. In order to provide some new resources this month, here are a few images of old currency from the Bank of North America collection. This collection spans over two hundred years and will be the focus of an upcoming Unit Plan on teaching financial literacy and economic history.


When thinking about education in 1800s, women do not particularly come to mind as well-known scientists. Rather, famous women were usually tagged as poets or writers, such as Emily Dickinson and Jane Austen. Yet our collections at HSP show that even in the early 1800s, women were using science textbooks written by women and for women. In fact, these textbooks bring up a subject that we are still debating today: Are women are more likely to enter a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) field if they have other female role models to look up to?


Looking for a new and interesting book to read? Want your students to know more about community engagement? Consider coming to our next event on Wednesday, April 15th that features a new book on Philadelphia Mayor Richardson Dilworth. 


The Progressive Era was an era of reform and, by using our political cartoons, it becomes a fun and exciting moment of history to teach! The imagery of President Theodore Roosevelt alone expresses a range of popular opinions that you and your students are sure to enjoy. Recently, HSP released a series of political cartoon lesson plans that include a lesson using Progressive Era cartoons. 


Interested in having your students work directly with primary sources? Then consider hosting a field trip to the Historical Society of Pennsylvania! Given our depth of documents,we offer a wide range of programs on-site for grades 4-12. When visiting HSP, students will get to see a wide variety of resources on a particular topic and the cost is FREE. Previous programs for students have focused on Yellow Fever, Civil War, Abolition, Immigration, and Political Cartoons.


The Historical Society of Pennsylvania has a huge collection of materials available for teachers relating to African American History. In our resource guide, we highlight several collections that are full of sources for teacher use.


As a part of Family History Days, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania is hosting a genealogy workshop just for teachers on March 4. If you sign up for our Family History Days on March 6th and 7th, this workshop is free!


The new education initiative at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania, HEAD for the Future, in partnership with Wells Fargo, includes professional development for teachers, with several fantastic events coming up. Our first event, here at HSP, is called Genius of Freedom exploring African Americans in Philadelphia before, during, and after the Civil War.


HSP is proud to announce an addition to our student mentor hours. Mentors will now be available for students Tuesday and Thursday 2:30-5:30 p.m. and Wednesday 2:30-8:30 p.m.


HSP is excited to host a Financial Literacy Teacher Workshop on February 7th, focused on teaching students of all ages fun ways to learn about ecnomics using Westward Expansion games and topics such as the Progressive Era. Lunch is provided to all teachers as well as a discussion with Keynote Speaker, Andrew Yarrow.