Praise from across the Blogosphere

From educator Lisa Kapp (2016):

From Winterset (IA) Citizen online (June 3, 2015)

“The House Divided Project at Dickinson College is one of several notable digital initiatives that offer new and free ways for K-12 educators and others to study subjects like the Underground Railroad.” 



From John Fea at The Way of Improvement Leads Home (March 11, 2014)

“House Divided is a model digital project for a small liberal arts college.  [Matthew] Pinsker is working together with the college IT staff, archivists, instructional media experts, and dozens of Dickinson students to make this project happen.  Outside of Dickinson, the project has partnered with the Motorola Foundation, The Journal of American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Civil War Museum, Cumberland County Visitors Bureau, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, and the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, among others. The site includes over 12,000 images, 10,000 primary documents, videos, and a blog.”


From Meg in History at Fun With History (February 19, 2011):

“I just keep stumbling upon new great history-geared blogs, and how can I not share them with you. This blog, Blog Divided, is “for anyone teaching or studying the House Divided Era, 1840-1880.” Well, I know lots of students and amateur historians (as well as professional ones) love to study, talk, and argue about the Civil War and the years leading up to and following it. Based on my initial skimming of the blog, this one seems to do the trick. Plus it has some great links as well. It’s based on an interesting project at Dickinson College.”


From Dr. Jonathan Rees at “More or Less Bunk” (August 2, 2010):

“So, instead, let me tell what I was doing most of the day. I was watching Matt Pinsker from Dickinson College (who’s here for the week) talk about slavery and he’s got some incredible resources on slavery and the Civil War up over at his place. The visuals at their site on the Dred Scott case, which is actually hosted at Gilder-Lehrman, are particularly good. The picture above is of Dred Scott’s mark (he was illiterate) on his original lawsuit. What a great way to illustrate that point! If the mid-19th century falls within your teaching realm, you should definitely check all this stuff out.”


From Mystery Blog (March 31, 2010):
“…an excellent resource for students and educators interested in understanding and teaching the Civil War. Through House Divided, visitors encounter a wide range of historical events, people and resources…Visually, House Divided is an excellent website with lots of images including portraits, interactive maps and virtual field trips that utilize Google Earth , images of nineteenth-century newspapers etc.”


From Civil War Interactive, Naming Blog Divided as part of the Best of the Civil War Blogs (February 17, 2010):

“This attractive site is a project of Dickinson College (Pennsylvania), devoted to a somewhat wider span of time than is usual for “Civil War” blogs. They call it the “House Divided Period” and are open to discussion of any events between around 1840 and 1880. The intent of the operators is to generate teaching aids for educators of any level. Comments are open and readers are not required to register or login to post. Comment moderation is apparently invoked only if misbehavior arises. Looks to be a valuable asset for history teachers, who often feel somewhat isolated at their individual schools.”


From Dr. James Beeghley at Teaching the Civil War With Technology (December 1, 2009):

Nominated “Blog Divided” for 2009 EduBlog Awards for “Best Resource Sharing Blog”


From Ann Tracy Mueller at Lincoln Buff 2 (September 30, 2009):

“You’ll want to be sure to check out the section, “Building the Digital Lincoln,” made possible thanks to a partnership between the Journal of American History and the House Divided Project at Dickinson College. This nifty article tells you everything you ever wanted to know about doing Lincoln research in the digital age. As I told Dr. Pinsker when a friend first shared it with me, “WOW!” It’s truly unbelievable how much Lincoln material is available right from the comfort of you computer. You’ll want to save it as a favorite and go to it often. I know I will. Thanks JAH and Dr. Pinsker. Great stuff!”


From Benjamin Stone at United States History at Stanford University (September 30, 2009):

“…the Journal of American History has partnered with the House Divided Project at Dickinson College, under the direction of Professor Matthew Pinsker to create a fascinating web resource titled “Building the Digital Lincoln.”


From Matt Karlson at Teaching American History at SW Washington (September 11, 2009):

“Having encountered the Building the Digital Lincoln site, I got curious about what else has been posted by Dickinson College’s House Divided project. I think there is much here of value to teachers!… The Underground Railroad Digital Classroom features many lesson plans, written by university historians and teachers, at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. There are virtual field trips using Google Earth, Sketch-Up, and video. There are links to wonderful documents….The House Divided website, while a work in progress, is a rich resource as is.”


From Josh Stecker at A History Teacher’s Blog (June 8,2009)

“The Ultimate Civil War Resource: Dickinson College’s House Divided website endeavors to be the most complete digital archive of the U.S. Civil War. They’ve got it all. Entering the site will automatically give you data for the events of exactly 150 years ago – events, documents, letters, even birthdays of prominent (and not-so-prominent) people, most with informative biographies and great images. The 150th anniversary of the war is coming up, so needless to say this tool will be invaluable in U.S. History classrooms.”