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Historic leaves, volume 3, April, 1904 - January, 1905, Charlestown schools within the peninsula Revolutionary period (search)
er, the faithful guardian of the grammar school, as clerk and corresponding secretary of these conventions, may well have had his mind diverted from his pupils. On the nineteenth of April, we are told, the scholars were dismissed and Charlestown school closed. When it opened again—we are not told exactly when—the scourge of war had done its fearful work. The four hundred buildings clustered at the foot of Breed's Hill were practically wiped away. On that memorable seventeenth of June, Frothingham says, The conflagration spared not a dwelling house, and a population of two or three thousand were rendered homeless. But from the day of the Concord and Lexington fight, when thrilling incidents occurred on our own soil of Somerville, the inhabitants had abandoned their homes on the peninsula, and the place was practically deserted. On account of the menacing position of the enemy's ships, no attempt to bring back order and domestic quiet was made until after the Evacuation. The tw
Historic leaves, volume 3, April, 1904 - January, 1905, The teaching of local history in the public schools (search)
t desk reference books. But in spite of difficulties, it is possible to accomplish much. Local history does not call for great teaching ability. Given a little acquaintance on the part of the children with the library method of study, a correct outline, and an atmosphere of freedom and enjoyment in the room, and the enthusiasm of the children will give the teacher an hour's pleasure as often as she will take up the subject. As to materials, the available sources of information are Frothingham's History of Charlestown and Drake's History of Middlesex County. There is an excellent history, also, of this city included in Somerville Past and Present, written by our historian, Mr. Charles D. Elliot. If that part of the book could be separated and have added to it condensed sketches from other portions of the work, it would be of great value in the schools. Past and Present is too expensive for very general use, and contains much that is not usable. A few copies of this work wi
Historic leaves, volume 3, April, 1904 - January, 1905, Charlestown schools within the peninsula Revolutionary period (search)
is proposed to remove the meeting-house from the hill and set it somewhere for a school building. Isaac Mallet, Peter Tufts, Timothy Tufts, David Wood, Jr., and Eliphalet Newell are made a committee to select a site, and it is decided where the old schoolhouse stood is the most suitable place to put the present Meeting-house on. It is voted to move it. September 1, 1783, Mr. Mallet and Mr. Hays are a committee to see what repairs are necessary for the schoolhouse. The next January Deacon Frothingham receives thirty-six shillings for building the school chimney. October 25, 1784, the selectmen are given power to cut off from the present schoolhouse what is an encroachment on the street, and make of it an engine house, also to fix the other part for a new schoolhouse as soon as possible; and November 1 John Hay and Henry P. Sweetser are appointed to fix the old meeting-house for a school. Voted, 6 March, 1786, to have a grammar (Latin) schoolmaster in this town. (Query: Had the
, N. E., 42. Foorth, Mary, 25. Forster, Charles, 41. Forster School, 42. Fort Washington, 51. Forth Willm, 25. Fort Winthrop, 30. Foss, Sam Walter, 62. Foster, Captain, 48. Foye, John, 12. Framingham, Mass., 78, 86. Francis, Nathaniel, 16. Franklin Park, 7. Franklin Street, Somerville, 24. Fresh Pond, 54, 74. Fresh Pond Meadow, 53. Frost, Abigail, 90. Frost, Joseph, 13, 15, 16. Frothingham, Historian, 47. Frothingham's History of Charles-town, 19, 59. Frothingham, Deacon, Samuel, 14, 67. Furber, William H., 60. Gardner, Henry, 16. Gardner Locks, 3. Gardner Row District, 15, 87. Gardner, Samuel, 91. Garrad, Margaret, 73. General Sullivan, The, 26. George III., King, 38. Gibson's Lock, 3. Gilman, Charles E., 38. Glines, Jacob T., 43. Goodwin, Timothy, 44. Governor's Garden, 30. Governor's Island, 30. Great Stanbridge, Eng., 25. Greaves, Thomas, Esq., 12, 14. Green, The, 30. Griffin, —, 22. Groton, Eng., 25, 35. Groton Manor
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