Historical Society creates education curator position
The Warren County Historical Society has announced that Jude Harter has been named its new education curator. A 2006 graduate of Juniata College with a bachelor of arts degree in history and religion, Harter taught for three years in Virginia and is currently enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, where he is working towards his Pennsylvania certification. As a former intern at the historical society, Harter was seen as a great fit for the society’s new position.
The Warren County Historical Society created this position to revitalize its obligation to providing educational programming and resources to the community. A key component in that revitalization effort is working with area schools, and Harter hopes to collaborate with local educators for mutual benefit.
“I think my first goal is to raise awareness of our mission and our resources,” Harter shared. “The Warren County School District has allowed us to send emails spotlighting our resources and we’ve been posting that information on Facebook as well. We want to let educators know that we operate two museums and offer tours of both facilities and of the downtown Warren historic district. We send out presenters and reenactors to classrooms. We loan out hands-on history trunks, and provide volunteer opportunities and research resources.”
In addition, Harter hopes to make the society part of local education.
“Teachers and students are working harder than ever to fulfill district and state instructional standards, and sometimes we are left out of that equation,” he said. “So my second goal is to define how our resources can be incorporated into a standards-aligned curriculum.”
Harter said this will involve reexamining the historical society’s resources in light of Pennsylvania Department of Education standards.
“What we have is amazing,” he added. “But we have to be more than just interesting. We have to provide that explicit justification for our role as an educational resource.”