Event: Gilder Lehrman Center hosts the Witness Stones Project on 2/11

GLC@Lunch: Dennis Culliton and Joy Burns, Witness Stones Project February 10, 2021 at 12:00 pm Registration required Dennis Culliton and Joy Burns discuss the Witness Stones Project, A research partnership with local schools, students, and historical societies, which seeks to restore the history and honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities. … Continue reading Event: Gilder Lehrman Center hosts the Witness Stones Project on 2/11

Author Talk with Elizabeth Normen, Venture Smith, Tuesday, (1/26), 7-8pm on Zoom

Purchase copies here: https://venturesmithcolonialct.org/product/venture-smiths-colonial-connecticut-single-copies/ On January 26th, from 7:00-8:00pm, the Suffield Historical Society will host a free Zoom program with Elizabeth Normen, author of Venture Smith’s Colonial Connecticut, a new book for middle schoolers and about the founding of Connecticut as told through the 1798 first-person narrative of Venture Smith. She will speak about this new … Continue reading Author Talk with Elizabeth Normen, Venture Smith, Tuesday, (1/26), 7-8pm on Zoom

How to Bring the Witness Stones Project to Life

This 2020-2021 academic year marks the third year that my students at Kingswood Oxford in West Hartford have participated in the Witness Stones Project and it’s been the most inspiring and meaningful work of my teaching career.  It’s also been the most doubt-inducing, time-consuming work as well. Teaching about race, conducting the slow, laborious historical … Continue reading How to Bring the Witness Stones Project to Life

Resources from the CAIS Webinar Witness Stones and #Hard History

I recently had the good fortune to be on a planning committee with Dennis Culliton of the Witness Stones Project @witnessstones. He is one of the most dedicated, passionate, knowledgeable, and giving educators I have every had the privilege to engage. In that spirit, I asked him if I could share his works cited list … Continue reading Resources from the CAIS Webinar Witness Stones and #Hard History

Witness Stones and Teaching Teachers Hard History

The Witness Stones Memorial in Guilford, CT to remember Dinah/Dinah Gardner who was held there in captivity. For all of the educators reading this post: Have you ever questioned the fact that you can teach in front of dozens of students every day and never be nervous, but when get up to talk to a … Continue reading Witness Stones and Teaching Teachers Hard History

Searching for Slavery in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut

James and Jupiter Mars's graves: Center Cemetery, Norfolk, Litchfield County, CT I teach at an independent school in the sleepy Connecticut town of Salisbury (pop 3,598 in 2018). I have been living here for 24 years. My lens has been largely focused on world history – particularly China – so beyond the normal US survey … Continue reading Searching for Slavery in the Northwest Corner of Connecticut