This project based learning opportunity will provide many different avenues of learning. By researching a local historical event, it will give the class access to information that would not be available in a traditional textbook. In addition by being so close to historical landmarks that contributed to an important piece of American history, there will be opportunities to get to know it in ways that most people do not.
In order to locate a source that will be helpful learning more about the northwest section of the cemetery, the public library in Suffield will be very helpful. At the public library, there are many more books than our school library has. Due to the amount of time the public library has been around, there are many old books that trace back to the 19th century when slavery was around in Suffield. For the American Studies class, the public library in Suffield would be a great resource to study because they will most likely have a good amount of books tracing back to that time.
There are several topics I would hope to discover in the Suffield library. By spending a good amount of time researching the books that are in the library, it can be possible to find books where the authors are writing for different viewpoints. In the different books it can be a slave describing their journey, slave owners, African Americans using the Underground Railroad and the people leading the Underground Railroad. By reading books from the public library, the class will hopefully get a deeper understanding and understand what it was like to be a part of the history that took place in the town we live.
The reason why the Kent Memorial library would be better than doing Internet research is because much of the information that is on the Internet is not always credible source. Being in the town where the actions took place will give us a big advantage because there might some authentic documentation that is not possible to find on the Internet. We are also lucky enough to be near the source and have the cemetery, as well as the public and own school library within five minutes from campus.
This project based learning experience is a wonderful opportunity to learn about the historical events that happened over the years, and it is an unique opportunity to dig into the past.