Your Proud Hometown History

Connecticut’s 169 towns have many intriguing histories. The towns’ locations, its people and legends make each town special and different from its neighbors. Connecticut has as wide variety of geographical features which, in part, determined how towns grew and prospered. It is often all about “location, location, location”. Within each unique town’s history, there were and are many citizens who have invented great things to make our lives safer, easier, and fairer. What was it about the small developing towns in this small state that produced such big thinkers?

With direct ties to the Connecticut Social Studies Frameworks,” Your Proud Hometown History” for grades 2-8, tailored to your town’s history, introducing new vocabulary and examining products of the town, region and state. Through hands-on activities, students will understand why their town developed over time in the way that it did and what their hometown’s claim to fame was by discussing famous people and inventions that came from their town. They will learn what industries have come and gone in their town as well as our state, and how their town’s inventions and people contributed to the growth and strength of the state and the country. In addition, students will learn how the geography of the state (soil, water, natural resources, etc.) and the locations of major towns directly correlate to the concentrations of revolutionary ideas.

During this Professional Development session, teachers will have a chance to make one of Connecticut’s popular products, as well as have a local geography lesson, 19th century style.

Map image courtesy of UCONN Library MAGIC. Publisher: Young & Delleker sc. Philadelphia [1824].


Wednesday, October 10, 2018
4-6 pm
Mystic Seaport, please RSVP for details.

Pizza and beverages will be provided.



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