Becoming US: The Immigrant Experience through Primary Sources


Philadelphia, PA



June 21 - June 26, 2020 Length: 1 Week


Summer Program

Summer Program Type

Summer Program Audience


Beth Twiss-Houting



Pennsylvania was a critical port of entry in the 18th century and continued to welcome thousands into the next century. The Historical Society of Pennsylvania and Heinz History Center are hosting an institute in Philadelphia that focuses on broad themes of immigration and its complexities throughout American history, placing lessons about the past within historical and contemporary contexts. The institute will simultaneously engage teachers with renowned archival collections that document the stories of our nation’s past immigrant groups while delving into how to use these stories and collections to make social studies curriculums more effective.

Project Director(s)

Beth Twiss-Houting

Lecturers and Visiting Faculty

Faye Allard-Glass, Mona Kolsky, Alan Kraut, Ned Landsman, Mariruth Leftwich, Zachary Schrag, Zackary Steele, Kate Wilson

Grantee Institution

Historical Society of Pennsylvania