Teach PA History
Pennsylvania Boxing : Living the American Dream

1. Students could raise money to create/renew a gravestone for a Philly boxer. Details for the gravestone program (listed under "More" in the website 2. Do a shadow boxing experiment displaying the style of the particular boxer that the student studied. 3. Consider the interconnectedness of race and ethnicity in the development of the sport of boxing as in the development of American history. 4. Hold a class debate on "The American Dream: Fact or Fiction?"

Field Trips

Gettysburg National Military Park
97 Taneytown Road
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania 17325

In investigating the definition of "The American Dream" students analyzed the historical document, "The Gettysburg Address." Come visit the battlefield where thousands of soldiers paid the ultimate sacrifice to support their ideals of American equality and freedom. Millions travel to Gettysburg each year to discover what is so alluring and haunting about this place. It is a truly unique part of Pennsylvanian and American history.

Sports Museum of Western Pennsylvania
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
(412) 454-6000

This museum has a superb collection of boxing artifacts from the Coal Regions and Western Pennsylvania in general. Among these artifacts is Billy Conn's gloves and light heavyweight champion belt. In addition learn about a variety of other athletic endeavors at which Pennsylvanians have excelled. Highly interactive and multimedia, the museum boasts forty interactive exhibits and twenty audio-visual programs.

The Legendary Blue Horizon, Philadelphia
1314 N. Broad Street
Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19121-4303
(215) 763-0500

Originally built to house wealthy business merchants in 1865, this building became a world-renown boxing venue in the 1960s. It has recently been renovated is used as both a boxing venue and a community center (with social services and after school programs). The Blue Horizons Boxing Promotions is currently working on creating a museum, Philadelphia Boxing Heritage Center, which will showcase the history and memorabilia of Philadelphia boxing.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
26th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 763-8100

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is the site of the famous scene in Rocky in which Stallone runs up the stairs in a moment of personal triumph. Run or walk the stairs like the champ! Thousands of visitors from all over the world come to the Philadelphia Museum steps to refashion this bit of cultural history into their own personal meaning.

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