Category Archives: American Studies

Our Press Release: The Other Underground Railroad

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS & CALENDAR LISTINGS: Click SA.Presentation.4.19.2016 Bill Sullivan, American Studies Teacher, Suffield Academy bsullivan@suffieldacademy.org Title: The Other Underground Railroad A Free Lecture from 7:00-8:00pm on April 19th at Suffield’s Senior Center, 145 Bridge Street. Suffield Academy Students present 18th Century Kidnapping … Continue reading

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Productive and Fun Visit to Harriet Beecher Stowe Center

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 … Continue reading

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Great #PBL Trip to Windsor Historical Society Program

As we pass through our tenth week of researching the Connecticut’s 29th Regiment soldiers who signed up from Suffield and learning more about the lives of these pioneers before, during and after the Civil War, we now look forward to a … Continue reading

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The AGS Western New England Chapter Meeting

The AGS Western New England Chapter Meeting Suffield’s Old Center Cemetery Saturday,  October 18, 2014. 9:30-10am Welcome, coffee, in Tisch Auditorium, which is located in Suffield Academy’s S. Kent Legare Library. 10am-12pm Presentations by Bob Drinkwater, Simon Braune, Al and Betsy … Continue reading

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History Lecture on the Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812

The Suffield Historical Society will host Jerry Roberts, author of The British Raid on Essex, the Forgotten Battle of the War of 1812, at its October 15th monthly meeting. This action-packed presentation begins at 7:30pm in Suffield’s Senior Center at … Continue reading

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We’re Skyping with Doug Harwood, the Editor of The Advocate

We are skyping with an expert on the Flora Slave Case, a case we learned while we were cross referencing possible Suffield leads from the UGRR site to our south, the Francis Gillette House. Here are the probate records of … Continue reading

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Reflection, Perhaps the Key Moment of a Project-Based Learning Experience

For our last assessment, reflect on your journey throughout the winter and spring terms and write a 500 word essay about a few important skills that you learned or mastered to a degree. Also reflect on your peaks and valleys … Continue reading

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A Consideration for Adding Henry Foster’s Residence as an UGRR Site on the Connecticut Freedom Trail

The American Studies class at Suffield Academy has been investigating Underground Railroad activity in our town for the past since December. The Connecticut Freedom Trail sites have been very informative and beneficial in our search. Our goal for this school … Continue reading

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May 17th 10am Installation Program in the Old Center Cemetery

Starting at 10am along the northern boundary of the Old Center Cemetery, which is located behind the First Congregational Church, we will conduct a brief ceremony to install a commemorative stone for the colonial Africans who lie buried in unmarked … Continue reading

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American Studies 2014 Presentation of the UGRR in the Suffield Area

Here are the slides from tonight’s presentation. Thank you everyone for coming out and being a great audience. The class appreciated your questions and conversation afterward. I was hoping to keep a project-based learning journal because other teachers often asked … Continue reading

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