We're getting a Pew grant! The hard work of our crack grant-writing team* paid off and the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage awarded us a $75,000 Interpretation Planning grant to support the development of interactive online programs for young audiences based on our collections.
This will not be the first time we've looked beyond our usual academic researcher demographic and aimed for younger audiences; in 2006, we received a History Channel grant that led to a relationship with the Philadelphia High School for Girls. Using primary sources from the collection, the students learned about women in medicine by looking at the long history of Girls' High graduates attending the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania.
This time around, the focus is on 'serious play' (which, pictured at right, was rather different in the 1880s) - reaching students in grades 6-12 through online games and interactive features that incorporate original documents and photos. The spotlight remains on the history of women in medicine (as well as Philadelphia's place in medical history), but the project should lead further into digital humanities directions. You can keep up to date on our progress via our new Twitter account - feel free to follow along!
*All three of them