Now that Philadelphia is the first World Heritage City in the United States, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania has partnered with the Global Philadelphia Association to provide resources for teachers to integrate knowledge about Philadelphia in the world into their curriculum. Sarah Sharp, Global Educator for World Heritage Philadelphia, is providing monthly Educator Blog posts that examine the city’s history through this lens.
After a call to action for teachers to “to work with students to understand our past as well as our current social, economic, political, and cultural features,” Sharp moves chronologically forward from colonial times. Each post creates a global context for what was happening in Philadelphia – from shipbuilding to abolition efforts and innovative in incarceration systems. Blogs are illustrated with primary source images from HSP, freely available to teachers through the Digital Library . Each post also links to articles in the Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia to provide more historical background.
Check the blog monthly for new posts, and stay tuned in 2018 for a special HSP teacher program about Global Philadelphia.