Gilder Lehrman Institute Teams Up To Open New "History High School" in PA
On September 7th, the School District of Philadelphia will open Constitution High School
, a new magnet school created in partnership with the National Constitution Center and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History. The school will be the Institute’s first history school in Pennsylvania and will feature a curriculum grounded in American history, law, and government. Gilder-Lehrman sponsors 31 history schools and 14 Saturday academies nationwide.
Being my first job as an interpreter, I guess I am experiencing a wake-up call when it comes to the prices of living history displays. I have been unable to find a reenactment unit that charges less than $1,000 a day to appear. Is this the norm, or am I just not looking in the right places? Unfortunately, being a state funded park gives me a VERY limited budget to work with, and since Western Gateway Heritage State Park is a museum dedicated to local history, I am feeling the need to offer more living and local history displays. For example, here I sit in a museum to the building of the Hoosac Tunnel and railroading, and my current exhibits are of the state Junior Duck Stamp entries, and a display of spinning and weaving done by the local S & W group. Something just doesn't seem right about it. Any suggestions or ideas?....