Productive and Fun Visit to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center


Beth Burgess, Collections Manager, helping students learn the card catalogue system

My American Studies class traveled to Hartford recently and visited the research room at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center as well as the history and genealogy room at the Connecticut State Library. Tracking down leads from the end of our winter term research discoveries, students dove into the amazing documents stored in these archives and made more important connections by cross-referencing key players and key themes of investigation. Beth Burgess, Collections Manager, gave the students a clear explanation about using a card catalogue system. Perhaps because of their passion for continuing the class’ investigation, students quickly learned the card cataloging logic as well as the the micro film tools and found these experiences interesting and satisfying. Beth Burgess also gave the students an informal tour of the Katharine Seymour Day House, which included an oil portrait of one of our key figures, John Hooker. Students also appreciated touring the Stowe Visitor Center and the gardens of these Nook Farm centerpiece homes. They walked around Twain’s house, too. This is such a gem in Hartford:


Students appreciated the satisfaction of cross-referencing material in the card cataloguing system.

Come learn more about the class project by attending the community presentation during the 7pm Suffield Historical Society meeting on April 19th at the Suffield Senior Center on Bridge Street.

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About Bill Sullivan

I am an English teacher working with great students at Suffield Academy. I also teach seniors in various project-based learning environments. Some of the #PBL topics included global issues, such as Pandemics, Climate Change, and Water; more recently I have asked students to research and identify topics important to our school community and their generation. We curate these topics with a #StudentCenteredPBL. For the past eleven years, I also created a driving question for a class to research a local history mystery and present their findings in a community program partnering with our local historical society. These topics encompass researching the lives of enslaved individuals who were contributors to the foundation of our community.
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