The Frank Strong Middle School is a Regional District 13 school. The District’s goal is to sure an authentic learning environment that supports growth, innovation and critical thinking so that all students are successful in life, learning and work beyond school. The School will be bringing the Witness Stones Project to the school beginning in the 2021-22 school year.
Published in LymeLine.com on February 2, 2021.
OLD LYME — The Old Lyme Witness Stones Partnership has launched a public education and engagement effort that will introduce an educational curriculum for seventh-grade students of Lyme-Old Lyme Schools that will raise awareness of the town’s history.
The project will also involve the installation of small historical plaques on Lyme Street commemorating the lives of individuals, who were once enslaved in Old Lyme. Continue reading.
The Wallingford Historic Preservation Trust is the owner and caretaker of the Royce House and the American Silver Museum at the Franklin Johnson Mansion. Its mission is threefold: 1. To acquire, preserve, interpret and educate the public about historic structures and culture in early Wallingford. 2. To feature the 1840-1980 period of silver manufacturing in Wallingford and Meriden. 3. To support a more fully accurate portrayal for all, WHPT commits to championing policies and practices of cultural equity that empower a just, inclusive, equitable nation.
In Spring 2022, they will be hosting a Witness Stones Project to explore the local history of slavery.
The Witness Stones Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities, today announced a new affiliation with Historic Deerfield. The museum will be using the Project’s curriculum and landscape markers to expand their teaching of the history of slavery in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
The education programs at Historic Deerfield are based on the belief that experiencing authentic objects is a powerful instrument of learning. The Witness Stones Project will be a complementary addition to those programs. Educators and students will explore how to use historic documents to understand the history of slavery and to restore the memory of those individuals who were enslaved. The collaboration will include professional development for classroom teachers and museum educators and public programming. It will be launched in autumn 2021.
The Witness Stones Project was founded in 2017 in Guilford, Connecticut. Since then, the Project has expanded to work with affiliated institutions in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.
Historic Deerfield is a museum of early American life situated in an authentic 18th-century New England village in the Connecticut River Valley of Massachusetts. Its historic houses and world-famous collection of early American decorative arts open doors to new perspectives that inspire people to seek a deeper understanding of themselves, their communities, and the world.
By Jesse Williams published on ZIP06.COM on January 5, 2021.
GUILFORD — The Witness Stones Project, Inc, which had already seen significant expansion since retired Guilford social studies teacher Dennis Culliton and therapist Doug Nygren launched it in 2019, is set to grow even more in 2021 as conversations around Black Lives Matter protests last year have opened up even more avenues for the project to expand its reach. Continue Reading.
The Henry James Memorial School in Simsbury, Connecticut, will be using the Project’s curriculum and landscape markers to expand their teaching of the history of slavery in colonial Connecticut.
Henry James Memorial School‘s mission statement, “Connections, Challenge, Character,” is a reflection of the middle school’s philosophy that is essential to the experience that they provide all of their students during their time at the school. They utilize the team structure, which enables their faculty and staff to know the interests and strengths of each student, thus meeting their individual learning needs.
The Witness Stones Project, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to restore the history and honor the humanity of the enslaved individuals who helped build our communities, today announced a new affiliation with the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum in Skillman, New Jersey. The Museum will be supporting the introduction of the Project’s curriculum and landscape markers into the Hopewell Valley Regional School District.
Students who are participating in the Project will examine primary source documents, such property, church, and vital records; wills and probate inventories; and census data, in order to understand the reality of slavery and to restore the memory of those individuals who were enslaved. They will learn how to document and describe the dehumanization and paternalism of slavery; the economic and legal framework that supported slavery; and, the agency, resistance, and contributions of the enslaved to our local and national history. Finally, these students will be inviting their communities to witness as they install memorial stones for individuals who were enslaved in their town.
The mission of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum is to tell the story of the unique culture, experiences, and contributions of the African American community of the Sourland Mountain Region.
By Bill Sullivan,
The Suffield Historical Society hosted Dennis Culliton, chair and co-founder of the Witness Stones Project, during three online classes during October. Using a document-based approach to understanding slavery in colonial New England, Culliton helped the class build a narrative about an enslaved woman named Tamar by examining a bill of sale document, a marriage record, and other historical records. Continue reading.
From the Foote School News published September 17, 2020
Humanities teachers Sheila Lavey and Skye Lee made an exciting connection with the Witness Stones Project. Modeled after the Stolperstein in Europe—stone cubes with the names and life dates of victims of Nazi extermination—the Witness Stones Project places similar cubes at norther locations where individuals were enslaved. Seventh graders were introduced to the project by Dennis Culliton, director of the Guilford-based Witness Stones Project, and Khail Quotap, Director of Education at New Haven Museum. The goal is for Foote seventh graders to help place a Witness Stone at the Pardee-Morris House in New Haven this June as a tribute to Pink, an enslaved woman who was held there.
The Witness Stones Project was present for another milestone today when the Witness Stones West Hartford Project a committee of the Noah Webster House & West Hartford Historical Society along with West Hartford Public Schools held their first installation ceremony honoring George and Jude.
Thank you to Tracey Wilson and Liz Devine for shepherding this project, teacher Sean O’Connor inspiring his AP U.S. History class, and most importantly for the students at Conard High School for doing the heavy lifting it takes to: “Restore the history and honor the humanity and contributions of the enslaved individuals, George and Jude, who helped build our communities.”
Thank you to Connecticut Humanities for sponsoring the growth of this project within Connecticut!