Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship


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Pearl Harbor
and the Erosion of Citizenship


November 16 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Delve into the historical background of the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and discuss the event’s continuing impact on American public memory with West Chester University's Dr. Robert Kodosky, Ph.D.

Following the lecture, learn how to preserve your family's Second World War artifacts with the Caring for Your Paper Collections: Preservation Best Practices workshop describing methods for preserving and sharing the letters, photographs, and other materials from the period. 

Act 48 credit is available. FREE for educators that attend the November 12 Melding Media and Primary Sources workshop.

Speaker's Bio: Dr. Robert Kodosky (Ph.D. Temple University, 2006) joined the West Chester University history department in 2002 after teaching high school social studies in Philadelphia from 1989-2001.

FREE for HSP members; $10 for nonmembers.
Pearl Harbor and the Erosion of Citizenship is sponsored by the
Conservation Center for Art & Historic Artifacts


Melding Media and Primary Sources

An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching the Second World War and the Homefront

November 12 | 9:30 - 1:00 p.m.

This teacher workshop, jointly presented by HSP and History Making Productions (HMP), will provide educators with primary source materials from the Second World War, including personal diaries, posters, and scrapbooks.

Participants will get to see first-hand, using HSP's collections, the effects of the war on average citizens.

Attendees will view a film by HMP that focuses on the impact of the transit strike here in Philadelphia during the war. In addition, the workshop will also explore the effects of Pearl Harbor, advertising, working conditions, and military mobilization.   

Act 48 credit is available.

$15 with a $5 refund upon arrival. 
Utilizing the collections of the former Balch Institute for Ethnic Studies, HSP explores the complex – and changing – notions surrounding the concepts of “citizen,” “immigrant,” and “refugee,” with leaders from various ethnic backgrounds. FREE and open to the public on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m.

HSP News

How do people from different cultural backgrounds and identities coexist, interact, and flourish together, and on what terms?

In this special issue of the Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography, we bring together scholars of Pennsylvania history to revisit some of these questions using current approaches to immigration and ethnicity.

The latest issue, "Immigration and Ethnicity in Pennsylvania History," is FREE to read online through December 16!

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