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Juneteenth: Youth re-enactor portrays William Still, free-born Black, abolitionist, clerk for the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery, reads at Anti-Slavery meeting in Philadelphia.

Juneteenth: Youth re-enactor portrays William Still — a free-born Black, abolitionist and clerk for the Pennsylvania Society for the Abolition of Slavery — as he reads during an Anti-Slavery meeting in Philadelphia.

Summer campers mold their feet in cement, for use in a “future” public sculpture which will help today’s children understand the secrets of freedom seekers who journeyed to achieve freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Summer campers mold their feet in cement, for use in a “future” public sculpture which will help today’s children understand the secrets of freedom seekers who journeyed to achieve freedom along the Underground Railroad.

Educational Programming

Enjoy programs for adults and children throughout the year at the Johnson House. Fun, interactive education based options offer meaningful learning experiences.   Keep checking our calendar page on this website for new developments in adult education programming. Interested? Call 215-438-1768.

 

The Emerging Leaders Training Program – This program is a 10-week capacity building “pilot” program for community practitioners, ages 18 – 30. Led by community building practitioners, the program will build leadership skills of emerging leaders who represent the “next” generation that can lead meaningful change in communities of color; strengthen the capacities of young practitioners; and elevate their voices and influence in Germantown. Orientation: April 7, 2018.  Application required!

 

Philadelphia Juneteenth Festival – Celebrates the anniversary of Juneteenth, the passage and ratification of the 13th Amendment to the US Constitution that commemorates the end of slavery.  Features all day family oriented street festival.  Activities include: panel discussion to examine social issues, historical reenactments, food and drink marketplace, performance and cultural arts, exhibits, vendor marketplace, information resource tables, pop-up beer gardent and guided historic tours.  June 16, 2018.

 

Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories

The Johnson House is a participant in the Historical Society of Pennsylvania’s Hidden Collections Initiative for Pennsylvania Small Archival Repositories (HCI-PSAR).  The goal of the HCI-PSAR project is to make better know and more accessible the important but often “hidden” archival collections in small historical repositories in the Philadelphia Region.  Our archival holdings span several linear feet and date from 1794 to the end of the 20th century.  Significant holdings relate to former occupants of the house:  the Johnson Family, a Quaker family of staunch abolitionists; and the Woman’s Club of Germantown, which owned the house form 1917-1982 and participated in the social, civic, educational and philanthropic life of Germantown.  Visit:  http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/index.html

 

Working and Walking Together UBUNTU Summer Camp Tour

This exciting collaboration between the Johnson House and the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust was launched in the summer of 2010. A summer camp tour offers interactive group activities for students to learn how Germantown residents worked together – from the 16oo’s when early settlers  established the community – to the 1800s when the Underground Railroad was established by brave abolitionists (black, white, free, enslaved) who joined forces to abolish slavery and transformed Johnson House into a “beacon of hope”.  UBUNTU draws students from various summer camps to visit the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, and Johnson House Historic Site. Students participate in activities to help build a monument representing the steps taken by enslaved Africans on their long harsh journey endured as they traveled the Underground Railroad toward freedom.  Click here to learn more about the program.

 

History Hunters Youth Reporter Program

The Johnson House is one of five sites that participate in the curriculum based History Hunters Youth Reporter program, an opportunity for Philadelphia fourth and fifth grade elementary school students to explore Germantown’s history through its amazing collection of house museums. To learn more, please visit: www.historyhunters.org

 

Welcome to our On-line Kids Korner Research Tools!

Our Kids Korner page is an interactive tool that encourages children and youth to learn about the past so they can contribute their voices to conversations about our history and future, our community, and our country through art, culture and the written word. Check out these pages for great information on the Underground Railroad:

National Geographic Underground Railroad for Kids

PBS African American World for Kids

Pennsylvania Hall: Find more info at Africans in America by PBS or at Blackpast.org

William Still: Find more information at Sparticus Educational

Harriet Tubman: Find more information at Africans in America by PBS  or  Harriettubmanbiography.com