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Teacher Workshops

Teachers and park ranger speaking to each other during a workshop in the park.
Teachers discuss ideas during a professional development workshop led by a park ranger.
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We offer a variety of workshops encompassing many interests and grade levels. History is our focus and components from multiple disciplines are frequently utilized from many curriculum areas. These workshops are hands-on learning experiences that involve using Independence National Historical Park as a classroom. It is a classroom where there is much to learn, to teach, and to encounter.

2014 Summer Teachers Institute Programs

What Happens After The Dig

July 28-August 1, 2014
Cost: $100

In this workshop, you will discover how historians and archeologists piece together the lives of past citizens through the artifacts they left behind. This institute will prepare you to use historic documents, artifacts, and images to inspire your students with the stories that make history come alive in the classroom and beyond.

  • All teachers will receive books, lesson plans and teaching resources.
  • Enjoy behind the scenes tours at historic places to closely examine artifacts and historic documents.
  • Lunch provided each day.
  • Workshop limited to 25 teachers.
  • Learn and network with archeologists, historians, curators, and other teachers.

To register complete the application in the attached flyer.

Here's what teachers from past Summer Institutes had to say about the experience:
"This is history that happened in our students' back yard...They need to be aware of this."

"This workshop was the best I have ever attended! Great job."

"A good balance between classroom/content sessions and on-site visits."


Programs for School Districts

The Independence Park Institute offers full and half day guided programs for groups of teachers. Two sample agenda are offered here, but we can easily design a custom tour to suit your curriculum and travel plans.

IPI Professional Development Programs (3.5 hours)

IPI Professional Development Programs (7 hours)

For additional information about professional development opportunities please call us at 215-597-2760 or

Did You Know?

Photo of Angora cat

Did you know Benjamin Franklin had a pet angora cat? When it died, he asked artist and natural historian Charles Willson Peale to preserve it through a taxidermy process.