Measles? Mumps? Ebola? Our news is filled with new and recurring epidemics. To understand this news, students can be informed by lessons in social studies and STEM. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Global Philadelphia Association are co-sponsoring an educators’ workshop using primary sources to teach about Philadelphia’s global medical heritage.
Dr. Christiaan Morssink will speak to our city’s role in global medicine, past and present. Then teachers will explore some of HSP’s primary sources on influenza, yellow fever, polio, and the workings of the Lazaretto Quarantine Station. Participants will receive online and print instructional materials, plus a copy of the Spring 2019 issue of Pennsylvania Legacies, and will have time to begin development of a curriculum activity focused on the critical historical topic of Philadelphia’s medical heritage. Teachers of grades 6-12 across disciplines are especially welcomed. Lunch is included.