Category Archives: Connecticut River Valley History

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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Suffield Historical Society’s Press Release for the upcoming Timothy Swan Program by American Harmony

American Harmony Poster Title: American Harmony in Concert: the Music of Timothy Swan (1758-1842) A Free Concert from 7:30-8:30pm on September 23, 2015 Suffield’s First Church of Christ, 81 High Street. Hosted by First Church of Christ, Kent Memorial Library, … Continue reading

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My Presentation for the AGS Meeting Today

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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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Welcome to Project Based Learning: What are your Strengths and Opportunities for Growth?

According to local legend and lore, a few houses on Ratley Road in West Suffield were stations on the Underground Railroad. Our PBL task will be to investigate this and try to document the trail in our town. We will … Continue reading

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Eureka Moment in Reverend Gay’s Daily Almanac Entry

Bob Romer’s Slavery in the Connecticut Valley of Massachusetts as well as Joseph Carvalho’s Black Families in Hampden County, Massachusetts 1650-1865, 2nd Edition both capture a moment in Reverend Ballantine’s Journal when he describes in February of 1767 Sylvia’s “bitter … Continue reading

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Slides from Chapel Presentation

I am grateful that Suffield Academy is a great place to teach and learn!–Mr. Sullivan. Powerpoint: Sullivan.Find.Your.Place.2.11.13 PDF: Bill.S.Find.Your.Place.2.11.13

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Have you been on a Geocaching adventure in the outdoors?

 What do you know about this culture? Which ones should we explore to find out more about Geocaching? How can we discriminate a good model for us?  In the future, could we create Geocaches that illuminate some of our archeological … Continue reading

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The Lighthouse Tour at Peoples State Forest

This trail in Peoples State Forest is another reminder that colonial artifacts can be just off any nature trail in the state of Connecticut. The signs along the trail are very informative as they point out parts of the community, … Continue reading

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Deerfield Summer Lecture Series Part One

jm10.php Professor Joanne Pope Melish opened the summer lecture series at Deerfield. Her lecture was a great complement to her scholarship, and the question and answer portion of the evening was facinating as attendees brought up specific stories about slavery … Continue reading

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