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|Project Title: ||Massachusetts Memory Road Show|
|School Year: ||2007|
|School - District:||Broad Meadows Middle - Quincy|
|Contact Name:||Ronald Adams|
|Content-Area(s):||English Language Arts, History & Social Sciences|
|Community Need:||Human Needs, Historical Preservation|
|Brief Description of SL Project: |
The Mass. Memories Road Show teams local cultural and historical institutions for the purpose of helping current or former residents of a community to create a self portrait of the people of that community. Photos of families¡¦ first arrival in the community are scanned and become primary sources for those interested in learning the history of a community. Local cable access volunteers record residents¡¦ oral telling of the story of the photo brought for scanning. Every town and city in Massachusetts has a story to tell, and the Mass. Memories Road Show travels to interested communities to digitally collect, preserve and display online the stories of the people who live or lived in Massachusetts communities in this decade. Quincy Public School students, mostly from North Quincy High School, volunteered to help the Mass. Memories Road Show on June 2, 2007, at the Thomas Crane Public Library by serving as translators and by helping with registration, with set up, and with the documentation of photos scanned and entered into the online accessible Road Show data base. Middle school students attended with the purpose of hosting a Road Show in the Fall or Spring back at their middle school.
|The Community Need the Project is Meeting:|
Working as volunteer trainees under historians and archivists, students tried to honor neighborhood residents by adding their photos and stories of ¡§Coming to Quincy¡¨ or ¡§Life in Quincy¡¨ to the Mass. Memories Road Show statewide data base of ¡§Who we are¡¨ stories for 2007. Students attempted to recruit all city ethnic groups believing that every person has important stories to tell. Students located, recorded, preserved and helped make available online those stories of their neighbors.
|Service Component: |
Bi-lingual students served most effectively as translators to the Asian senior citizens who donated stories and photos to the Quincy: Mass. Memories Road Show¡§Who we are¡¨ data base. Students also helped with registration, with set up, and with the documentation of photos scanned and entered into the online accessible Road Show data base.
|Connections with Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks: |
History and Social Sciences: Grade 6„X
Sixth graders systematically study the world outside of the United States and North America by addressing standards that emphasize political and physical geography and embed five major concepts: location, place, human interaction with the environment, movement, and regions.
The concept of place refers to the physical and man-made characteristics of a place such as a town or city. Human interaction with the environment encompasses the many ways in which people have adapted to their surroundings or altered them for economic reasons. The movement of people, goods, and ideas is the fourth concept. (MA Curriculum Frameworks)
Assessment: Students learned from neighbors firsthand why they came to Quincy and why they stay.
|How Youth Voice Helps Shape Project:|
Students were invited to add their suggestions to the June 2 event¡¦s advertising, recruiting and logistics. Ideally, students learned from the June 2 event how they could co-lead and host at their middle school a Road Show for their neighborhood.
|Student Reflection Component: |
The intergenerational connections were heart warming. Both ages understood the other more than they did the day before. There was a feeling of respect and a mutual pride of place at day¡¦s end.
|Community Partners Involved: |
All partners worked well with everyone from conception through implementation. Partners: Quincy Historical Society; Thomas Crane Public Library; QATV-8; Adams National Historical Park; Quincy Public Schools.
|Demonstration/Celebration of Students' Work: |
The project was covered in the Boston Globe and Patriot Ledger. The data base of photos collected on June 2, 2007, are available for a sneak peek at: Mass Memories The digitally recorded oral histories will be posted later.
|Evaluation of Project's Impact:|
The students were not involved in a formal, written evaluation, but we did get together for a verbal debrief. The consensus was the day was a success. One student said, ¡§It was an honor to record the histories of my neighbors.¡¨
Students could survey the community to find out whether they knew about the Mass Memories project and whether they plan to visit and/or contribute to these collections about Quincy¡¦s history.
|Challenges/Solutions Identified by District:|
* NOTE: This project summary was written by the district/community. Any text in italics was added or modified by the Department (ESE). Most of these projects were supported with Learn & Serve America funds distributed through the ESE.