Educators Blog

7/29/15
Author: Alicia Parks

I was recently visiting the Hershey Community Archives, in my hometown of Hershey, PA, and it made me think of how we can teach local history, even of small towns, using a wide variety of primary sources. I had never thought of the rich history Hershey held until I had the opportunity to visit the Hershey Community Archives and check out the newspapers and oral history accounts for myself.  

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7/13/15
Author: Alicia Parks

Our programs here at the Historical Society allow students to work directly with primary source documents, and some of the most interesting feedback received has been through documenting students understanding of political cartoons. As a part of the HINT project here at HSP, we polled over 200 students on what they thought of political cartoons and to learn if they were a good teaching tool. The feedback we received was wonderful as many students enjoyed studying the cartoons as a part of their history lesson.

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7/2/15
Author: Beth A Twiss Houting

Thanks to a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HSP spearheaded a weeklong teacher institute about Independence Hall as a landmark for teaching U.S. history – and not just July 4, 1776.  That holiday, which we are celebrating now, may be the moment most people associate with the Hall, but the principles embodied in the Declaration signed there permeated events for the next 200 years.

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6/26/15
Author: Alicia Parks

With the Supreme Court ruling that same-sex marriage is a constitutional right, it is important to look back at the men and women who fought for equality.

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6/19/15
Author: Alicia Parks

With the announcement that our $10 bill will include a woman, it is the perfect opportunity to teach your students about the history of our currency and begin a conversation on the new look of the $10 bill. Coincidentally, this is not the first time a woman will be on United States currency. 

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6/12/15
Author: Alicia Parks

On July 7th from 9 am – noon, HSP is hosting its next professional development opportunity where we will investigate economic history along with the effects of technology. Today, many students lack valuable knowledge of our nation's economic history or even how to handle their personal finances. We hope this teacher workshop will provide prime examples that will close that gap by integrating interdiciplinary financial literacy/economic lessons into any classroom curriculum.

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6/4/15
Author: Alicia Parks

The Historical Society will be participating in this year’s Juneteenth festivities on Saturday, June 20th at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. Since this is the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War, the Juneteenth festival will be even larger with numerous activities and  food trucks -  and admission is free!

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5/29/15
Author: Alicia Parks

We have all seen the images of “Rosie Riveter” encouraging women to join the war effort by working in shipyards and factories during WWII. The same imagery was true for WWI, although it is less popularized, with images of women ‘doing their part’ to help the war effort at home.

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5/22/15
Author: Alicia Parks

If you are looking for more examples of exceptional women to spruce up your curriculum, consider a couple of the collections at HSP that are focused on women who broke traditional boundaries. The two examples of women below are individuals who were pioneers in their respective fields and advocates in the fight for equal rights.

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5/8/15
Author: Alicia Parks

This week HSP honored Sue Monk Kidd as our 2015 honoree for exemplary service to history. Kidd’s newest book, The Invention of Wings, focused on the Grimke sisters, Sarah and Angelina, who moved from South Carolina to Philadelphia prior to the Civil War. Not only is The Invention of Wings an incredible historical novel, but the premise of the book is deeply rooted in the real history of the Grimke sisters who were active abolitionists and members of the Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society.

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