|Remembering Rehoboth School Days | Rehoboth | 2013
To celebrate Rehoboth's distinction as "The Birthplace of Public Education in North America," the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society developed a series of programs under the heading "Remembering Rehoboth School Days" that highlighted the history of education in Rehoboth over the centuries. Highlights of the programming included an exhibit at Rehoboth's Carpenter Museum displaying numerous artifacts related to the history of education, a bus tour of fourteen former public school sites focused on one-room schoolhouses, and a "Teacher Forum", featuring a panel of five former Rehoboth teachers and a principal recounting their experiences in the Rehoboth school system.
The centerpiece of project was the recording and archiving of interviews with eleven former Rehoboth public school teachers, administrators, and students, including three nonagenarians who attended the community's one-room schoolhouses. Eight high school students served as interviewers, linking generations while capturing the oral histories. The final event, a Family Day at the museum, showcased a series of hands on activities for kids and families, including a turn of the 19th century schoolhouse classroom set up. The series created an awareness of Rehoboth's historical link to education, while engaging community members of all ages.
Funded by the Rehoboth Cultural Council in 2013
Grant Recipient: Carpenter Museum, $715