Photos courtesy of Levittown Public Schools
Students in the Adventures in Local History summer program in the Levittown
Public School District have enjoyed trips to several nearby historical sites, helping shed light on the significance of these important landmarks.
At their first visit to the Smithtown Historical Society, students learned about the historical significance of Smithtown and Long Island during the early to late 1700s. Students practiced writing with a quill pen and ink, learned how to use leather stamping tools and created tavern signs, dip wax candles and clay pinch pot candle holders.
The group’s second trip brought them to the Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center in Glen Cove, where students went on a guided tour hosted by the son of a Holocaust survivor. Anita Weisbord, a Holocaust survivor, told her story of life in Vienna and how she survived by taking the Kindertransport to England in 1938.
On day three, students visited Walt Whitman’s birthplace. They toured the historic home and learned about Whitman’s early life on Long Island and how it influenced his poetry. Students took part in a poetry workshop based on imagery of one of Whitman’s original works, “The Word Below the Brine.”
The students then went to the Old Bethpage Restoration, where they toured the colonial village which featured homes, a general store, an inn and a schoolhouse.
The final day took students to the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where they learned about historic aircrafts and watched a movie about Mars in the domed theater.
Adventures in Local History’s week of trips enriched students’ understanding of the importance of local Long Island history.