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Five students from Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor, Connecticut have been diligently working on a performance since November of 2016. "The Beecher Family", comprised of Erin, Amelia, Nolan, Arsalan and Mary Grace began by researching historical information about the Beecher family of Hartford, CT. Then, together they wrote the script, self-directed this short play and have been rehearsing after school, evenings and weekends to prepare and improve their performance.

In this ten minute play, all students portray multiple roles including: Lyman Beecher – a minister, devout abolitionist and father of thirteen children, many of whom were active in political, social and education reform.; Catherine Beecher, eldest daughter and founder of the Hartford Female Seminary, a progressive school for women; Henry Ward Beecher, a minister and orator who toured Europe during the Civil War speaking in support of the Union; Harriet Beecher Stowe, abolitionist and author best known for her novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin and Isabella Beecher Hooker, activist in the American Suffragist movement.

 On February 25, 2017, they entered a Regional History Day in Manchester and were awarded first place in the Junior Group Performance division. They followed up this success by performing twice at the Connecticut History Day event on April 29, 2017, held on the campus of Central Connecticut State University. Once again the “Beechers” were awarded 1st place and now have the opportunity to compete at National History Day on June 11-15, 2017 at the University of Maryland.


Although the school district will pay their registration fees, the students and their chaperones [parents and teacher] will need to cover the costs of travel, lodging and meals. Through this crowdfunding campaign and other local fundraising efforts, we hope to help the “Beechers” compete at this upcoming national competition.  Thank you for your support!

The Beechers Went to Nationals!
3 months ago

Thank you to all the donors who donated online, directly to the school, or via our school fundraisers.

The "Beecher Family" of five attended National History Day, attended the opening ceremonies with noted documentary filmmaker, Ken Burns as the keynote speaker. the following day the students entered  competition in the Junior Group Performance category, and  although they were not selected as Top 10 National Project, they gave an outstanding performance as well as provided so much more information during their interview in front of a panel of three judges. Later in the week, they viewed dozens upon dozens of amazing films, performances, exhibits.......and other projects as part of National History Day 2017.  While some of the team accompanied the Connecticut delegation to Washington, DC others opted to visit the Inner Harbor of Baltimore. All in all, a tremendous experience for the five talneted students. 

One final thanks to everyone who supported their efforts!

The Beecher Family is getting ready to go to National History Day
4 months ago

UPDATE June 1, 2017!!!!!

"The Beecher Family", comprised of Erin, Amelia, Nolan, Arsalan and Mary Grace and their families would like to thank all the individuals and organizations that have been so generous in the support of their endeavor to go to National History Day {NHD} at the University of Maryland on June 11-15! These five students from Timothy Edwards Middle School in South Windsor, CT, began researching and creating this "live" performance in November of 2016. For the next ten days, they are in the final stages of preparation for this national competition. They have a few rehearsals scheduled before heading off on June 11. 

In addition to the funds raised on this site, many local organizations including the South Windsor Lions Club and the South Windsor Historical Society have made donations directly through Timothy Edwards Middle School {TEMS}. A major fundraising event is also scheduled for next week at TEMS and we hope that, in combination the funds from that event along with the myevent funds and the direct donations will significantly defray all costs for this team.

Any additional donations via this site would be much appreciated as we get closer to "Nationals".

THANKS AGAIN from the "Beechers"!