Category Archives: Local History

Challenging Students To Become Curators

Because we use a digital blog for a classroom, I am constantly reminded of the opportunity for us to share what we learn and show how we learned it. This project of having individual students connect with one piece of … 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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King Phillip’s Burning of Simsbury

In order to further understand early American Literature we must look into the relations between the Natives and the European settlers. The Europeans arrived in America to meet well established native nations who have had claims on the land thousands … 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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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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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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Horatio T. Strother’s outlook on David Ruggles!

               In his book, The Underground Railroad in Connecticut, Horatio T. Strother’s explores and unveils the heroic actions that David Ruggles, an agent on the Underground Railroad, took to ensure the freedom of countless … Continue reading

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David Ruggles Radical Abolitionist

As all of our class should know by now, David Ruggles was a black abolitionist who took slavery very seriously.  Ruggles pretty much made it his life to actively free black slaves.  Most abolitionists tried to persuade slave-owners to free … Continue reading

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A History of the Underground Railroad

Here is the presentation document that I used for my wonderful talk to the fourth grade class reading The Last Safe House: A Story of the Underground Railroad. Their great questions made for a great dialogue. https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1b6NcrTJYnPh50URaTh9-8LCz3ni_LHi86jSPS7KyDgM/edit?usp=sharing Here’s a Underground … Continue reading

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Northwest Corner no coincidence?

This particular area of study is one that is rather hard to expand on and really dive into.  One reason is that there exists very little evidence and documents on why the slaves’ gravestone was placed in the northwest corner … Continue reading

Posted in American Studies, HOT Logs Dec. 2013, Local History, Project Based Learning, Slavery, Underground Railroad | 6 Comments