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AP U.S. History Visits the Archives

Students in Dr. Zachary Wakefield’s AP U.S. History class visited the VES archives where they looked through documents from the school’s founding including memoranda, personal correspondence and photographs to understand how ideas of the Progressive Era fit into the school’s history. The time spent among the school’s archived data was an opportunity to make history a living, breathing subject for the students and give them a sense of ownership over their history. The students remarked that they really enjoyed seeing the old photographs and learning how the school has changed. Archivist Sara Campbell collaborated with the students, pulling specific files and instructing them on how to conduct archival research. Students then were assigned a short essay in which they had to use a source they selected to analyze the ways that Bishop Jett embodied Progressive ideals.
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