Manchester High School student Rachael Suhie’s project on running pioneer Julia Chase-Brand was chosen by the Connecticut Historical Society for its 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit.
Teaching history is all about telling stories. Now Connecticut students have the chance to get a personal perspective on how stories shape history—thanks to a Connecticut Historical Society project titled Connecticut Kids: Your Objects, Your Stories.
The project encourages children to share an object that represents a personally significant story. It’s part of a larger exhibit going on at the Historical Society, Connecticut: 50 Objects/50 Stories, which focuses on objects that help tell the stories that define Connecticut.
Object submissions from Connecticut youngsters will be featured in an online gallery. On Saturday, October 3, the Connecticut Historical Society will hold a special pop-up exhibit featuring some of the objects so that families and visitors can come see them and hear their stories. The Historical Society will also have other activities and crafts available for families that day to celebrate the stories of Connecticut kids. Submissions are due by September 12—click here for more information.
History through the eyes of a teenager
The 50 Objects/50 Stories exhibit is also an excellent learning tool for families and school groups that visit the Historical Society—and in fact, one of the 50 objects submitted came out of a school history day project last year by Manchester High School student Rachael Suhie.
The project is a graduation requirement at Manchester High School that students work on during their junior-year American Studies class. Students can choose to demonstrate what they have learned through an exhibit, documentary, performance, website, or traditional paper.
Suhie chose to do an exhibit on Julia Chase-Brand, a pioneer in the world of running who became the first woman in the United States to participate in a major distance road race by finishing the Manchester Road Race in 1961. Read more