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Delve into your Community's History

One way to learn more about your community is to look into its past.
How much do you know about your: town, borough, city or county's history?
Become an expert by researching the facts.

1. Who were the native people in your region?

2. Who were the first immigrants to your community?

When did they arrive?

How did they treat the native peoples who lived in the area?

3. Why did these immigrants settle in your area?


4. Who founded your town/city/township or how was it named?

5. In what county do you reside?

How did it get that name?


6. The statue of William Penn, perched on top of city hall, is a well known landmark in Philadelphia.
Name a well known landmark in your area.


7. Who is a famous person from your community?


Why are they well known?


Extra: Now that you have assembled all this information, share it.

Write a fiction story rich in local history.

Write a poem based on your town.

Make 3 tri fold pamphlets. Each one should focus on a different aspect of local history.

Create a mural that depicts moments in history or local landmarks.

Make a web site about your town's history.

Make a web based book based on your research. Example of a simple web based book.


Research Helpful Hint: Most counties have a local historical society. The members are very interested in their community's history. They often have detailed records and love to share what they know about the area. You may also find some helpful resources in the Links section of Pennsylvania Projects. | Pennsylvania State Library digital resources |

Conundrum: What factors should be considered when naming a street, a school or a political subdivision?


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