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National History Day Philly Educator Newsletter Volume 2, November 3, 2009

Primary Source Workshop — November 10, 4-6 PM, National Archives

There is still space available for the next week's NHD Philly Workshop, "How to Find (and Use) the Good Stuff: Researching with Primary Sources." This workshop is open to both teachers and students, with Act 48 credit available to teachers. Representatives from the Bryn Mawr library, the Blockson Collection at Temple University, and the Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Library (PACSCL) will talk about area collections, including resources for African American and women's history. In addition, a veteran NHD teacher and Enrichment Specialist from New Jersey will discuss strategies she has used to engage students in primary documents, and panelists will offer tips for conducting primary source research in person and online.

To sign up for this workshop, please contact Ang Reidell at 215.606.0103 or andrea.reidell@nara.gov.

Hands-On Web Project Workshop — December 7th and online chat

Are you or your students wondering how to do a web project using the new NHD portal? Come to the final NHD Philly workshop on Monday, December 7 to find out. The hands-on workshop will be from 4-6 PM at the National Constitution Center and will be led by veteran NHD and West Catholic teacher Nicole Roper. This workshop is open to both teachers and students, with Act 48 credit available to teachers. Details and sign-up information soon.

Additionally, the national office will have an online discussion about web projects next Tuesday from 3-5 PM. For those of you coming to the primary document workshop, the questions and answers will be available online after the live discussion. For more information see the national website: nhd.org

New State History Day Coordinator

Lorraine Luciano retired at the end of September, and Jeffrey (Jeff) Hawks began working as the Education Director for the Army Heritage Center Foundation and the State Coordinator for History Day in mid-October. His email is eddirector@armyheritage.org.

John Brown Teacher Seminar and Public Programs

As part of Philadelphia's commemoration of the 150 anniversary of the Harper's Ferry Raid and John Brown's execution, there will be a teacher workshop on Saturday, December 5 at the African American Museum of Philadelphia. The Program includes an exploration of John Brown's life and legacy with New York University and Brown biographer David Reynolds, teaching strategies, primary resources from some of Philadelphia's premier cultural institutions, and presentation of Constitution High School students John Brown Debate. Act 48 credits available. Limited seating. To register, contact: Melvin Garrison at: mgarriso@philasd.org

For more information about all the Brown-related programming, see civilwarphilly.net/johnbrown

Public Program: The Top Secret Rosies of WWII — November 14

In this free public program, LeeAnn Ericsson of Temple University presents the stories of "the top-secret Rosie's" — women mathematicians who worked round-the-clock shifts to create ballistic tables that proved crucial to Allied victory in World War II.

Saturday, November 14, 2009, 1 PM at the National Archives (9th & Chestnut)