Teacher Resources - General
- PACivilWar150. The educator section includes an index that helps teachers to align sitewide resources and other curriculum materials to the statewide standards
- National History Day/Philly. Align your Civil War History Day projects with the annual themes of the National History Day competition. This site provides tips and links for teachers and students doing primary source research in southeastern Pennsylvania collections. Includes information on teacher workshops.
Member Educational Resources
Many Civil War History Consortium members are currently developing programming in preparation for the 150 anniversary commemoration. The following is a sampling of educational resources and programming currently available or in preparation.
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia has a teacher guide to its permanent exhibition, "Audacious Freedom."
- Chester County Historical Society offers K-12 teachers and students a variety of ways to access its collections and programs: on-site field trips to its West Chester facility, classroom outreach where a staff person comes to the school to teach an one hour program, traveling trunks of artifacts and documents teachers may rent for classroom use, and teacher workshops. For study of the Civil War era, there is a field trip, classroom outreach, and traveling trunk about the Underground Railroad, geared to the intermediate grades. In addition, there is a traveling trunk on the Civil War for secondary grades. Online curriculum materials on Abraham Lincoln and on the county's contribution to the war are planned for fall 2009.
- The College of Physicians of Philadelphia / Mütter Museum in partnership with PACivilwar150 has produced a set of ten lesson plans for high school juniors/seniors or undergraduates. Access them here:
- Historic Philadelphia is developing a set of in-class presentations on Underground Railroad and Civil War themes.
- The Historical Society of Pennsylvania offers a number of relevant online resources, public programming, and teacher workshops for educators and their students
- Independence National Park offers field trips and a lesson plan for the Underground Railroad
- The National Archives' Mid Atlantic Region facility in Philadelphia is an active supporter of education initiatives throughout the region. The Archives encourages educators and students to visit, research their microfilm and archival records, attend their public programs, and take advantage of their services.
- The National Constitution Center offers a lesson plan for middle- and high-school students, "Lincoln, the Constitution, and the Civil War," in addition to many other educational resources.
- The Civil War and Emancipation Studies Center at Temple University (CWEST) sponsors an annual conference every February. Participating faculty members are also available for lectures and presentations. Consult the Center's information page on Dr. Anthony Waskie's website.
- The Abraham Lincoln Foundation of the Union League of Philadelphia offers tours of the
historic Union League building and ollection of Civil War related art and artifacts. An educational program is currently being piloted with high school students at Philadelphia's Mastery Charter School. The program uses primary documents from the League's collection to follow a boy's journey to manhood during the war and the League's unique role in supporting the cause of the Union in America's second revolution. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
General Education Resources -- for students and their teachers
Start with the statewide site and explore the stories of people and the overviews of major topics, with abundant links to other resources. Educators will find the educational resources, and especially the Educator's Index linking site content and Civil War topics with the new statewide standards, particularly helpful.
From the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections libraries, a collection of resources for researchers in southeastern Pennsylvania. These resources have been developed to guide students and other researchers to trusted sources based on southeastern Pennsylvania collections.
- For younger researchers, visit PhillyResearchNet's page on National History Day, as well as the National History Day/Philly web site.
- CivilWarPhilly audio tour. For some ideas on research topics, listen to some hidden Civil War Histories at Philadelphia historic sites.
- Be sure also to visit the research resources on this site, including a Google search tool