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Lessons on Local History

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As an extension of the new Local History and Government elective, students from P.J. Gelinas Junior High School and R.C. Murphy Junior High School had the chance to learn more about their community as they explored the beautiful historic district of Setauket this October.  

Guided by local historians Beverly Tyler and Donna Smith, students enrolled in these courses took a walking tour through time and learned about their community through the ages. Topics explored included ecological concerns, Native Americans, colonial Brookhaven, the Revolution and, of course, the spy ring that existed in the area. 

“Students who are enrolled in this course are being offered so much in the areas of local and Long Island history and are working with the teachers and librarians in their respective schools in order to advance their research, as well as their literacy skills,” said Three Village K-12 Director for Social Studies Dr. Paul Gold. “Field trips that pair us with our local historians and the Three Village Historical Society provide wonderful learning opportunities for all students beyond the traditional classroom instruction. We thank TVHS, Donna Strong Smith, and Bev Tyler for working with our ninth-graders and offering a valuable learning experience for all those who attended.”

Sunday, September 15, 2019   |  District Home