For Education

The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is committed to providing teachers and students with resources both inside and outside the classroom in order to enhance their teaching, learning, and understanding of history. Educators can take advantage of continued learning opportunities, bring collections to the classroom with a virtual lesson, or utilize one of our academic-standard aligned lesson plans themselves. Students are welcome to utilize the over 21 million different manuscript items in HSP’s collections for papers, projects, and more! 


If you are a teacher looking to schedule a free virtual lesson, click the box below for details or contact Katie Clark with any questions. If you are a student looking to do onsite research at HSP, make an appointment in our Reading Room. Admission is always free for students!

Education staff have designed unit plans and collected primary sources from HSP's collection that can be used by teachers in the classroom.

For Teachers

Education staff have designed unit plans and collected primary sources from HSP's collection that can be used by teachers in the classroom.
Need help with homework or doing a research project? See how the Historical Society of Pennsylvania can help.

For Students

Need help with homework or doing a research project? See how the Historical Society of Pennsylvania can help.
Middle and high school students and teachers:  Get involved with National History Day, a project-based, standards-aligned research program.

National History Day

Middle and high school students and teachers: Get involved with National History Day, a project-based, standards-aligned research program.
Field trips create opportunities for students to work directly with primary sources.

Field Trips

Field trips create opportunities for students to work directly with primary sources.
Need new ideas on how to teach American history and civics? Search our database of plans to discover plans aligned to the PA Core Standards and the Pennsylvania State Standards (SAS).

Unit Plans

Need new ideas on how to teach American history and civics? Search our database of plans to discover plans aligned to the PA Core Standards and the Pennsylvania State Standards (SAS).