The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is very excited to announce the formation of the Pennsylvania Abolition Society Teacher Advisory Group! "PAS TAG" is an integral part of the completion of a grant awarded to HSP by the Pennsylvania Abolition Society. The goal of our project is to produce a new and dynamic Virtual Lesson for Middle and High School students that highlights stories and sources from the Pennsylvania Abolition Society papers, with a particular focus on Black activism in 19th century Philadelphia.
There is very little that has been left unchanged these past three years, even at a place like the Historical Society of Pennsylvania--an institution dedicated to preserving pieces of the past. There is an air of immutability around certain organizations like HSP (which will celebrate its 200th birthday in just two years) that unfortunately lends itself to the idea that history itself is a something stagnant, mired in the recesses of time and condemned to irrelevancy.
Navigating a research library and understanding a primary source and transcribing documents can be a daunting task for students. Those with homework or projects requiring research often ask: Where do I start?
The Historical Society of Pennsylvania, one of the largest special collection libraries in the country, has the answer:
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