Saturday, February 6, 2016

Help Us Celebrate Another Honor

Smithsonian Names Lawrence County Historical Society as Winner of Grant for Youth --
Coffee Hour to Be Held On Feb 10th to Kick-Off Event

In conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibit --Water/Ways-- coming to the Lawrence County Sept 2016, the Lawrence County Historical Society has just received notice that they have been chosen as one of six sites in the nation, to receive a Stories from Main Street Youth Access Grant.  Two other sites in Illinois were chosen as well as one each in Michigan, Minnesota and Mississippi. 

During the course of the project, youth participants from both Red Hill and Lawrenceville High Schools will explore the history of their hometowns by researching primary and secondary source material, conducting and recording oral histories, and analyzing their data to create Digital Interpretive Projects. Students will then create a multi-media product that weaves together a story narrative with excerpts from oral history interviews, archival film footage, and historic images. The initiative is designed to connect youth and their teachers with local history centers for community-based research and to provide them with hands-on experience using “real world” technology and 21st Century Learning Skills.

A coffee hour for the public will be held on February 10, at 10:00 in the History Museum located on the Northwest corner of the Square in Lawrenceville to kick off the project. Anyone who would be willing to share stories about the floods in Lawrence County is encouraged to attend. Project Leader John Clark, as well as the technology coordinators, Katie Kiser (LTHS) and Tammy Parker (RHHS) will be available to answer questions.