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.

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.  To learn more, visit the online finding aid site:  http://dla.library.upenn.edu/dla/pacscl/index.html

Working and Walking Together UBUNTU Summer Tour

This exciting collaboration between the Johnson House and the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust was launched in the summer of 2010. The summer camp program offers interactive group activity for students to study how Germantown residents have worked together over the years – from the early settlers who established the community to the Underground Railroad escapees and abolitionists who joined forces to transform it into a “beacon of hope.”

As a part of the Working and Walking Together Tour, students have the opportunity to participate in the UBUNTU Project. This project draws students from various summer camps and offers the opportunity to visit the Germantown Mennonite Historic Trust, and the Johnson House Historic Site. Here at the Johnson House, students participate in activities to build a monument to escaping enslaved Africans. Students create “concrete footprints” representing the steps taken during the long harsh journeys enslaved men and women endured as they approached the Johnson House while traveling on the Underground Railroad.

Click here to learn more about the Working and Walking Together 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 about the History Hunters program, please visit the History Hunters Youth Reporter website 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. 

Educational Resources

• Check out these pages for great information on the Underground Railroad:

National Geographic Underground Railroad for Kids

PBS African American World for Kids

• For students who took our Working and Walking Together tour, here’s some more information on the people and places in your booklet:

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 at Harriettubmanbiography.com

Keep checking the calendar page on this website for new developments in adult education programming.