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!
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!