Educators Blog

3/26/15
Author: Alicia Parks

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. 

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3/17/15
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

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.

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3/10/15
Author: Alicia Parks

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.

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2/27/15
Author: Alicia Parks

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.

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2/20/15
Author: Alicia Parks

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!

Topics: Education, Genealogy
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2/10/15
Author: Alicia Parks

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.

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2/6/15
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

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.

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1/30/15
Author: Alicia Parks

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.

Topics: Education
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1/20/15
Author: Alicia Parks

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.

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1/16/15
Author: Alicia Parks

Do you believe that handwriting is a lost art? With today’s communication, it seems that handwriting is becoming less of a necessity. In our next workshop, on January 21st, HSP is proud to host Dr. Robert J. Mahar for a discussion on the history and present status of handwriting.  How necessary is it that children learn cursive and print?

Topics: Education
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