History Hunters Youth Reporter Program

History Hunters Youth Reporter Program The History Hunters Youth Reporter Program is a field trip program in partnership with five historic

History Hunters is a fully subsidized field trip program for Philadelphia School District 4th and 5th grade classrooms. This innovative literacy-based program allows students to “hunt” for history by taking part in a variety of hands-on activities and experiences that bring history to life. As “investigative reporters” on assignment, students gather facts and sketches from their visits for follow-

up writing in the classroom. History Hunters has been an incredibly successful educational program for over ten years. During that time, we have worked hard to reach out to our community. Stenton and its partners are in a difficult area of Philadelphia and History Hunters is directed at underserved students in Germantown, Nicetown, Logan and North Philadelphia. Over 15,000 students have been served by the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program, gaining the opportunity to visit these historic and cultural institutions right in their own neighborhoods. Through these trips, students take away important reading, writing and critical thinking skills and have the chance to contemplate big and broad ideas that will profoundly influence their lives.

It's  ! This year, give the gift of education and help support History Hunters! Thanks to generous supporters, Stenton h...
11/29/2022

It's ! This year, give the gift of education and help support History Hunters! Thanks to generous supporters, Stenton has been given a $10,000 Matching Gift Challenge. When you make your 100% tax-deductible gift today, you can double the impact that your donation has on our work at Stenton, helping to educate more than 3,500 underserved Philadelphia schoolchildren this year, and preserving one of our nation's great historic treasures. Donate today at www.stenton.org/givingtuesday

Thank you for your support!

Attention 6th-12th Grade Teachers: Are you interested in participating in National History Day Philly? Attend the Nation...
10/12/2022

Attention 6th-12th Grade Teachers: Are you interested in participating in National History Day Philly? Attend the National History Day Philadelphia Kick-Off Event on October 27th to explore what National History Day can bring to your classroom and connect with Philly's cultural institutions and their teacher resources. This event is free. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nhd-philly-kick-off-frontiers-in-history-tickets-432118386727

07/07/2022

Do you love History as well as working with children and the public? Historic Germantown, a partnership of 18 museums in Northwest Philadelphia, is currently seeking Educators for the hands-on learning program History Hunters and the online education program Virtual History Hunters, as well guiding tours at several of the museums.

The History Hunters Youth Reporter Program, a national award-winning educational program, takes place at five historic sites in Historic Germantown: Cliveden of the National Trust, the Johnson House, Stenton, La Salle University Art Museum, and Wyck. The program uses individual histories of the sites to teach students a larger American narrative, covering United States’ history that spans from colonial times through the Civil War, focusing on the diverse perspectives of history, and making connections to the past with a diverse population of students. The program will serve approximately 3,500 students for the school year 2022-2023, in Grades 4 and 5.

All Educators will receive complete training and support for all five of the History Hunters locations and will also work with the general public at several Historic Germantown sites throughout the year, which may include Stenton, Cliveden, Wyck, and Concord School House.

An ideal candidate for this position might have a background in American history or education, will have experience working with children and the public, is comfortable presenting information to a group, is enthusiastic, friendly, and personable. Some college or equivalent experience desired. We aim to have our team reflect and respect the experience and background of all children they will be working with. Bilingual candidates and those who have experience and ability working with children from Philadelphia public schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

Historic Germantown is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches our community and our educational and employment experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, s*x, s*xual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Historic Germantown is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

This position is part-time. It requires some flexibility, and hours will vary depending on when tours are scheduled. Weekend availability is required; evening availability is a plus. Compensation is $15.00 per hour.

For information about the program, visit www.historyhunters.org.
For information about the sites in Historic Germantown, visit www.freedomsbackyard.com.

Please send resume, references and cover letter to both of the following:

Rachel Corma
Stenton Site Administrator and Director of Education
History Hunters Program Coordinator
(215)-329-7312
[email protected]

Carolyn Wallace
Cliveden Education Director
(215)- 848- 1777
[email protected]

We are excited to announce that Virtual History Hunters has received an Award of Excellence from the American Associatio...
06/15/2022

We are excited to announce that Virtual History Hunters has received an Award of Excellence from the American Association for State and Local History! The Award of Excellence is part of the AASLH Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation of state and local history. Thank you to our talented History Hunters educators and partner sites (Cliveden, La Salle University Art Museum, Johnson House Historic Site, Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, and Historic Germantown) for making this new program a success! See the post below for a full list of recipients.

The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) proudly announces the winners of the 77th annual Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history. This year, AASLH confers 53

Happy   and   to our dedicated History Hunters Teachers! One week is not enough to express our gratitude for all that yo...
05/03/2022

Happy and to our dedicated History Hunters Teachers! One week is not enough to express our gratitude for all that you do.

We are excited to announce that the Virtual History Hunters Program received an Institutional Award of Merit from Pennsy...
04/04/2022

We are excited to announce that the Virtual History Hunters Program received an Institutional Award of Merit from Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations! Visit their page to follow along as they highlight all of this year's winners.

History Hunters Educators visited the Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom sculpture and took a tour of City Hall tod...
03/08/2022

History Hunters Educators visited the Harriet Tubman – The Journey to Freedom sculpture and took a tour of City Hall today on The statue will be in front of City Hall through March 31. Creative Philadelphia

12/21/2021

La Salle University Art Museum is one of five Historic Germantown partner sites involved in the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program—which is virtual again this year due to the pandemic. From now through early spring, Philadelphia 4th and 5th grade students watch a VR YouTube tour of Belfield and La Salle University Art Museum. Afterwards, they meet virtually with History Hunters Educators to learn more about Charles Willson Peale, Moses Williams, and early American portraiture.

When you support Virtual History Hunters this  , your donation will make twice the impact thanks to Stenton's $16,250 Ma...
11/30/2021

When you support Virtual History Hunters this , your donation will make twice the impact thanks to Stenton's $16,250 Matching Gift Challenge! To donate/ learn more, visit www.stenton.org/givingtuesday

07/07/2021

Do you love History as well as working with children and the public? Historic Germantown, a partnership of 18 museums in Northwest Philadelphia, is currently seeking Educators for the hands-on- learning program History Hunters, as well guiding tours at several of the museums.

The History Hunters Youth Reporter Program, a national award-winning educational program, takes place at five historic sites in Historic Germantown: Cliveden of the National Trust, the Johnson House, Stenton, La Salle University Art Museum, and Wyck. The program uses individual histories of the sites to teach students a larger American narrative, covering United States’ history that spans from colonial times through the Civil War, focusing on the diverse perspectives of history, and making connections to the past with a diverse population of students. The program will serve approximately 3,500 students for the school year 2021-2022, in Grades 4 and 5.

All Educators will receive complete training and support for all five of the History Hunters locations, and will also work with the general public at several Historic Germantown sites throughout the year, which may include Stenton, Cliveden, Wyck, and Concord School House.

An ideal candidate for this position might have a background in American history or education, will have experience working with children and the public, is comfortable presenting information to a group, is enthusiastic, friendly, and personable. Some college or equivalent experience desired. We aim to have our team reflect and respect the experience and background of all children they will be working with. Bilingual candidates and those who have experience and ability working with children from Philadelphia public schools are strongly encouraged to apply.

Historic Germantown is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches our community and our educational and employment experiences. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, s*x, s*xual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. Historic Germantown is committed to building a culturally diverse team and strongly encourages applications from minority candidates.

This position is part-time. It requires some flexibility and hours will vary depending on when tours are scheduled. Weekend availability is required; evening availability a plus. Compensation is $12.00 per hour.

For information about the program, visit www.historyhunters.org.
For information about the sites in Historic Germantown, visit www.freedomsbackyard.com.

One week of appreciation is never enough, especially this year. Happy   to our dedicated History Hunters teachers who ha...
05/03/2021

One week of appreciation is never enough, especially this year. Happy to our dedicated History Hunters teachers who have gone above and beyond to make the most out of virtual learning! We can't wait to see you in-person again.

02/05/2021
It's   ! Help support Virtual History Hunters this year at www.stenton.org/givingtuesday and check out the post below to...
12/01/2020

It's ! Help support Virtual History Hunters this year at www.stenton.org/givingtuesday and check out the post below to preview the virtual program.

The History Hunters Educators are getting ready for the next virtual site!
11/23/2020

The History Hunters Educators are getting ready for the next virtual site!

I loved zooming with the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program staff and guides today for their virtual La Salle training. We are so thrilled that over 3,000 Philadelphia-area schoolchildren will get to visit us virtually this winter, to learn about Charles Willson Peale and Belfield, as part of this fantastic partnership!

History Hunters has transformed into a fully VIRTUAL program, which means we can reach more students than every before! ...
10/19/2020

History Hunters has transformed into a fully VIRTUAL program, which means we can reach more students than every before! Students can learn about Pennsylvania history with virtual visits to Stenton, Cliveden, La Salle University Art Museum, Johnson House Historic Site, and Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm. If you or someone you know is a 4th or 5th grade teacher looking for a virtual way to teach early Pennsylvania history, visit https://www.historyhunters.org/registration or contact [email protected] for more information.

We love this painting at La Salle University Art Museum!
05/26/2020

We love this painting at La Salle University Art Museum!

Today's is this beautiful little painting of Belfield Farm by Anna Peale Sellers, granddaughter of Charles Willson Peale.

We often view this painting when we teach our youngest visitors in the galleries. We use it to encourage students to think about what campus and the neighborhood used to look like (C.W. Peale lived on the farm in the 1800s) and also as a springboard for conversations about summer and the seasons. This is a popular painting in our History Hunters Youth Reporter Program lessons since the students are on campus to learn about Peale. Hope you enjoy this little peek of summers past.



Anna Peale Sellers, Belfield Farm, Germantown, PA: http://artcollection.lasalle.edu/Obj5449

Logan family recipes from Stenton's kitchen to yours!
04/10/2020

Logan family recipes from Stenton's kitchen to yours!

New at-home activity available on our website!
03/26/2020

New at-home activity available on our website!

03/23/2020
12/03/2019
Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day to all of the spectacular teachers and guides who make History Hunters possible!...
05/07/2019

Happy National Teacher Appreciation Day to all of the spectacular teachers and guides who make History Hunters possible!

Last night at the James Logan Award Dinner honoring Edith Dixon, two of our celebrated guests were former History Hunter...
09/22/2018

Last night at the James Logan Award Dinner honoring Edith Dixon, two of our celebrated guests were former History Hunters students Menika Dirkson, now a PhD candidate in History, and Quamiir Trice, an elementary school teacher now bringing his students on the trips! We were so honored they could join us, and share their stories!

Four History Hunters alum stopped by tonight for Stenton Star Gazing, hosted at Stenton by The Logan Branch of The Free ...
08/17/2018

Four History Hunters alum stopped by tonight for Stenton Star Gazing, hosted at Stenton by The Logan Branch of The Free Library!

Today, teachers participated in an Act 48 Workshop at Stenton. Thank you for sharing your ideas and enthusiasm!
08/09/2018

Today, teachers participated in an Act 48 Workshop at Stenton. Thank you for sharing your ideas and enthusiasm!

Spots are still available for this free Act 48 Workshop on August 9th!
08/01/2018

Spots are still available for this free Act 48 Workshop on August 9th!

The three-hour workshop will provide teachers with in-depth background on the rich history of Germantown, as represented by five exceptional historic and cultural museums. It will provide resources (e.g., the Germantown Historical Society, museum educator-consultants, literature lists and websites)....

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of the dedicated teachers and guides who make History Hunters possible! You all d...
05/08/2018

Happy Teacher Appreciation Week to all of the dedicated teachers and guides who make History Hunters possible! You all deserve much more than a week of thanks for all that you do.

Today, History Hunters staffers took our annual professional development "field trips" to The Woodlands, Girard College,...
04/11/2018

Today, History Hunters staffers took our annual professional development "field trips" to The Woodlands, Girard College, and Eastern State Penitentiary. Huge shout out to the amazing guides who showed us around this fantastic sites!

Today we have some very exciting news to share! We had the pleasure of meeting Menika Dirkson, who is a student at Templ...
01/22/2018

Today we have some very exciting news to share! We had the pleasure of meeting Menika Dirkson, who is a student at Temple completing her PhD in History. Ms. Dirkson was one of the very first History Hunter Youth Reporters - back in 2003! She even kept her workbook! Her passion for history was sparked by her experience with History Hunters- and her story speaks to the power of this amazing program! Thank you so much Menika for spending some time with us!

10/05/2017

This week is the first week of History Hunters! Stenton is excited to welcome over 3,000 students this year as a part of the program. We would like to give a special shout-out to all the amazing teachers participating in the program. Thank you for all your hard work!

07/03/2017
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History Hunters is hiring!

Historic Germantown (HG) is a partnership of 16 extraordinary historic sites and museums in Northwest Philadelphia that have joined together to protect, preserve, and share some of Philadelphia's prized historical assets. HG is currently seeking Guide/Educators to lead student programming for the aw...

05/03/2017

Fun with History!

03/30/2017

Thank you to the Philadelphia Cultural Fund for supporting Stenton! This grant allows Stenton & History Hunters to serve and nourish the community through art and culture. We’re so thrilled and honored to be chosen amongst an incredible group of grantees.

03/15/2017
The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America

The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America

The NSCDA joins more than 100 historical organizations across the nation in endorsing the History Relevance project and it's Value Statement. The campaign aims to showcase the value of history in American society, a mission that's near and dear to our hearts!

For over 125 year, the NSCDA has been a leader in the field of historic preservation, restoration and interpretation of historic sites and we are proud to support History Relevance.

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We are excited to announce that the Virtual History Hunters Youth Reporter Program received an Institutional Award of Merit from Pennsylvania Federation of Museums and Historical Organizations! Visit their page to follow along as they highlight all of this year's winners. Shout out to all of our talented History Hunters Educators and Site Partners: Cliveden, La Salle University Art Museum, Johnson House Historic Site, Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm, and Historic Germantown!
The History Hunters Youth Reporter Program virtual YouTube tours are now available in Spanish! It's not too late to register your 4th or 5th grade class for this year's virtual program. Follow the link below to register.
Executive Director Dennis Pickeral recently brought four objects from Stenton’s collection to the Virtual Curation Laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University, where they were scanned by laboratory Director Dr. Bernard K. Means. The laboratory specializes in 3D scanning of historic and archaeological artifacts and fossils and the 3D printing of replicas for hands-on learning (https://sketchfab.com/virtualcurationlab).

The objects included an excavated redware bowl with a slip-decorated image of a Native American, James Logan’s tinder lighter, an excavated slip cast white salt-glazed stoneware teapot, and a wooden relic box given to Deborah Norris Logan by John Fanning Watson. Once edits to the scans are completed, Stenton staff hope to make the images publicly available and create object lessons using the scans as part of the newly created virtual History Hunters Youth Reporter Program (https://www.historyhunters.org/virtual-hh-pre-log-in). We also hope Dr. Means can create a 3D printed replica of the redware bowl that can be used in hands-on educational programs in the future.
From the Global Philadelphia Association...the storytime also features a virtual tour of Johnson House Historic Site with the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program!
This , give the gift of education and help support the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program . This school year, the program has gone through its biggest transformation yet, and will reach over 3,500 Philadelphia schoolchildren virtually through the new online curriculum. Registered teachers receive free access to the Virtual History Hunters webpages that offer digital copies of the workbook, additional virtual activities, object lesson videos, and Virtual Reality YouTube tours of the 5 History Hunters sites. After students view the virtual tour, a History Hunters Educator leads each class in a 30-minute lesson via video chat.

We are excited to share the Virtual Stenton Page with you today: https://www.historyhunters.org/virtual-stenton Here you will find the Stenton VR Tour. As you watch the tour, click and drag the video around to look in all directions- as if you were really in Stenton!

Thank you for helping us provide virtual resources to Philadelphia teachers and students during this challenging school year. We look forward to continuing to expand our virtual reach with your support. Donate today at www.stenton.org/givingtuesday
Each Friday, we highlight a favorite local business or one of our stellar guides. This week's star is our ever-curious history guide Rick, who joined us over a year ago. While his background extends further than his passion for history, let's try to get to know Rick a little in three questions:

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐰𝐚𝐫𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐪𝐮𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐞 (𝐡𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥𝐲) 𝐥𝐢𝐟𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠?

I'm cheating here because I have two markers that will tell me that life is returning to normal. The first is for the energy to return to Reading Terminal Market. That's a place I try to visit as often as possible for lunch, groceries, or to just feel the positive energy. I've been there several times for groceries over the past few months, but that same energy isn't back. Yet I'm optimistic that it will be back soon. The second marker is for the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program, where I am an Educator, to return in the Fall. When the fourth grade field trippers return to the Historic Germantown houses where we share our remarkable city's history, it will be a clear sign to me that we're nearly back to normal.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐤 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐠𝐠𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐢𝐬𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐩𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐏𝐡𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐲?

That everyone here has a bad attitude and throws snowballs at Santa Claus. The snowball story has been kicking around since it actually happened at an Eagles game in the early 1960s and lazy journalists keep perpetuating it. But it's been over fifty years since that happened. Get some new material, people!

Having been born and raised in the Midwest, I know a thing or two about nice. And believe it or not, Philly people are by and large very nice. I've experienced that over and over during my 30+ years living here, and our Urban Adventures guests often comment on it.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐜𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐦𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐨 𝐚 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭-𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐯𝐢𝐬𝐢𝐭𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐬 𝐚 "𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐭 𝐬𝐞𝐞"?

I'm going to cheat on this answer as well. Since most of the first-time visitors who I meet are on our History in HD tour, they will already have seen Independence Hall. That's our World Heritage Site and our star attraction. But once they've taken our tour, I often recommend that they see the Eastern State Penitentiary. It's truly a unique site that wraps major current-day relevance into a really interesting historical context and remarkable structure. It's also in a neighborhood slightly removed from Center City (downtown Philly), so it allows people to get a little beyond the typical visitor area.

𝐻𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎 𝑞𝑢𝑒𝑠𝑡𝑖𝑜𝑛 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑅𝑖𝑐𝑘 𝑜𝑟 𝑤𝑎𝑛𝑡 𝑡𝑜 𝑘𝑛𝑜𝑤 ℎ𝑜𝑤 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑐𝑎𝑛 𝑔𝑒𝑡 𝑜𝑛 ℎ𝑖𝑠 ℎ𝑖𝑠𝑡𝑜𝑟𝑦 𝑡𝑜𝑢𝑟? 𝐿𝑒𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑎 𝑐𝑜𝑚𝑚𝑒𝑛𝑡 𝑜𝑟 𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑑 𝑢𝑠 𝑎 𝑚𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑎𝑔𝑒 𝑎𝑡 𝑖𝑛𝑓𝑜@𝑝ℎ𝑖𝑙𝑎𝑑𝑒𝑙𝑝ℎ𝑖𝑎𝑢𝑟𝑏𝑎𝑛𝑎𝑑𝑣𝑒𝑛𝑡𝑢𝑟𝑒𝑠.𝑐𝑜𝑚!
Today's History Hunters Youth Reporter Program lesson dives into the importance of diaries.

After the Revolution, James Logan’s grandson George and his wife Deborah Norris Logan came to live at Stenton. Deborah wrote about the family and about Stenton in her diaries and letters. Because these diaries and letters were saved, we have been able to learn a lot about the history of Stenton.

Visit https://www.historyhunters.org/virtual-classroom-learning-at-home to read excerpts from Deborah's diaries and for inspiration to start writing your own!

Portrait: Deborah Logan (Stenton) after Peale
What do you know about your family's history? Today's History Hunters Youth Reporter Program lesson includes sample family trees from Stenton, Cliveden, La Salle University Art Museum's Belfield, Johnson House Historic Site Germantown, and Wyck Historic House, Garden, and Farm. Create your own tree, learn about family heirlooms, and describe one that is special to your family! https://www.historyhunters.org/virtual-classroom-learning-at-home
Check out Wyck's at-home "Cure for Colic" activity on History Hunters Youth Reporter Program's Virtual Classroom page! https://www.historyhunters.org/virtual-classroom-learning-at-home
This , give the gift of education. Help support the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program, now in its 16th year! This year, Stenton will welcome 3,500 Philadelphia school children through History Hunters. Check out this video to learn more about the program, and visit www.stenton.org/givingtuesday to donate.Thank you for your continued support!
This week is National Arts in Education Week. The annual celebration recognizes the importance of the arts in education. Alumni of the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program know the transformative power of the arts in education. To hear their stories, check out the video at www.historyhunters.org
Our second profile of the three extraordinary honorees for the Historic Germantown Hall of Fame is Alice Lea Tasman.

Alice Lea Tasman, a citizen of the northwest part of the city who has a passion for the historic sites of our area, particularly Stenton, and who has continually reached out to those less fortunate to lift them up in many ways. She spearheaded funding that has led to the success of the History Hunters Youth Reporter Program, an initiative that brings young students to many of Historic Germantown's member sites and which has affected the lives of 30,000 young people since its founding.

Her appreciation for her area's historic sites led her to be one of the founders of the Chestnut Hill Historical Society, now the Chestnut Hill Conservancy.

We are proud to induct Alice Lea Tasman into the Historic Germantown Hall of Fame in 2019!

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Thursday, June 20th 6:00-8:00PM at Historic Germantown