2007 marked the Bicentennial Year for the Town of Brunswick, and our
secondary students worked on two major projects that helped local
history come alive: a brochure, and a documentary video.
Ninth grade English students worked with the Town Historian to
create a brochure highlighting the history of a local treasure, The
Little Red Schoolhouse. The Little Red Schoolhouse is truly
unique in that it is one of the original District Schools for
residents of the Town of Brunswick and is still owned and maintained
by the Brunswick CSD. Its within Ό mile of the schools campus, so
it is used for educational programming, both for our students and
for students from neighboring schools as well as for local groups
who want to learn more about its history.
brochure was created for the Hometown Heritage Day celebration we
planned to commemorate the placement of an historic marker at the
old schoolhouse. It highlights the history of the school from when
it was built, in the 1860s, through various renovations and uses to
the present day. Students used their writing skills to hone this
brochure to perfection, and not only was it well received by
visitors to the site, but it also won second place in the New York
State Archives History Contest.
View pages of the brochure in Adobe Acrobat Reader (PDF files):
Students in our Videography Department in the secondary school
worked on a two-year project with the Town Historian, members of the
community and others to create the documentary: A Brief History of
Brunswicks District Schools. This 55-minute movie depicts many of
the one and two-room schoolhouses, uses old maps, school archive
records, census records, oral histories and many other authentic
documents and research to trace the history of our school district
from its inception through centralization to the present day.
Heralded locally, the video served as the centerpiece for the
Districts participation in the towns Bicentennial Celebration.
Its a permanent record of times gone by and contains segments of
interviews with both students and teachers who were part of the
one-room schoolhouse era interwoven with local history, photographs,
and memories of times gone by.
video will also serve as the centerpiece for the 50th Anniversary of
our school district being centralized. Presentations to the
student body and evening showings for the public are scheduled.
Currently the video is available to be checked out at the local
library which, interestingly, is housed in a former two-room