Eighth grade artists in Mrs. Galinha’s class at Elizabeth I. Hastings Middle School recently partnered with the Fairhaven Office of Tourism to dive deeper into the history of the Town of Fairhaven.
The purpose of the partnership was to learn more about community, and how postcards can help preserve a town’s history.
Students engaged in the Henry Huttleston walking tour led by Office of Tourism Director, Chris Richard, and heard from Mr. Richard via Zoom. The presentation and discussion were based on “community” and what it means to be a part of a community. Some of the questions students were asked to think about were: How will the students’ role change as they transition into high school? What are ways you can give back to your community?
According to surveys that were conducted after the project, one student said “community is where people come together.” Another student believes “that Community means things like neighborhoods, friends and family. I also think it means things like the town as a whole and people helping other people.”
Mr. Richard also gave the students a brief evolution of postcards and showed some he had on hand.
With this knowledge, students analyzed historical postcards of Fairhaven to better understand how postcards preserve history. The students then created their own postcards based on their own experiences and memories here in town. One student even brought in artifacts from Atlas Tack that her family had at home.
You can see the virtual showcase of the students’ work here: https://sites.google.com/fairhavenps.net/ourtownfairhaven/home
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