Chinese Educators Visit Historical Society

More than twenty English teachers from China visited the Historical Society in July.

More than twenty English teachers from China visited the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. in July, one of several field trips designed to deepen their understanding of American history and culture.

The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. was pleased to welcome more than twenty English teachers from China earlier this month, through a program hosted by Georgetown University’s Center for Language Education & Development.

As part of the enrichment program, the teachers are spending the summer exploring American culture and history through various field trips. The Historical Society’s site visit included a discussion of the geographic development of the nation’s capital; explored the idea of civic activism through collections relating to the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom; and, among other discussion points, introduced the teachers to the “Teachable Moments” feature of Washington History, the biannual journal of the Historical Society.

Anne McDonough and  Susan Philpott discussed the geographic development of Washington.

The teachers learned about the geographic development of Washington, aided by historic maps from the collection as well as one identifying the city’s eight wards.

The Kiplinger Research Library was reserved for the two-hour session, which explored topics ranging from transportation to activism to colloquial expressions.

The Kiplinger Research Library was reserved for the group for the two-hour session, which explored topics ranging from transportation to civic activism to colloquial expressions.

Part of the presentation on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom included a temporary display of images taken by a freshman at American University.

Part of the presentation on the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom included a temporary display of images of the historic event taken by a freshman at American University.

Volunteer Nancy Schwartz discusses her projects with the visitors.

Historical Society volunteer Nancy Schwartz discusses her projects with the visitors.

Intern Susan Philpott, a candidate for a Masters in Public History, welcomed the visitors to the Small-Alper Gallery.

Intern Susan Philpott, a former park guide on the National Mall and current candidate for a Masters in Public History, welcomed the visitors to the Small-Alper Gallery.

The Historical Society's permanent exhibit, featuring the Kiplinger Washington Collection, proved to be a popular backdrop.

The Historical Society’s permanent exhibit, featuring the Kiplinger Washington Collection, proved to be a popular backdrop.

Interested in bringing a community group to the Historical Society for a customized orientation? Please email library@dchistory.org for information on availability, scheduling and pricing.