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Levittown Students Adventure To Learn About Local History

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.

Students listened to Holocaust survivor Anita Weisbord’s personal story at the
Holocaust Museum and Tolerance Center.

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.”

At Walt Whitman’s birthplace, students learned about the historic poet’s life and
wrote poetry of their own.

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.

Students visited the colonial village at Old Bethpage Restoration, giving them a glimpse at life in the 19th century.

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.

The program’s final destination was the Cradle of Aviation Museum, where students learned about historic aircrafts and the significance of aviation on Long Island.

Adventures in Local History’s week of trips enriched students’ understanding of the importance of local Long Island history.

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