THE WESTERLY HISTORICAL SOCIETY FALL 2016 EVENTS
All talks are located in the Carriage House at the Babcock-Smith House, 124 Granite Street, Westerly, Rhode Island. Programs are free for members and $5. for non-members.
September 18, Sunday, 2pm. The Sinking of U-853. Captain Bill Palmer and Greg Pettys produced a documentary on the U-853. This is the U-boat sunk on the last day of WWII off Block Island. They will discuss the documentary and the book Bill has published.
October 2, Sunday, 2pm. Robert Degoursey from the Westerly Pawcatuck Region of the Antique Automobiles Club of America to speak about classic car restoration and their history. Come early and see the classic cars parked at the Babcock Smith House for this event!
November 6, Sunday, at 2pm. Don King to speak about the Quonset Air Museum, its collections, past and future plans.
Big Ideas for a Changing World: 2016 Essay Competition
Sponsored by the Newport Historical Society
Winners Receive Tickets to the Hit Broadway Musical “Hamilton”
During the forthcoming academic year, high school sophomores have the chance to enter a unique essay competition sponsored by the Newport Historical Society. Big Ideas for a Changing World, asks students to explore the question, “What is happening now in your community, or what could be happening, that has the power to change the future in Rhode Island and potentially the world?”
Rhode Island has been a place of many firsts – innovation runs deep in the Ocean State. It’s the first place in the modern world to incorporate the revolutionary principle of religious freedom in its governing documents. That idea and the related concept of separation of church and state went on to sweep the world. Today these principles are included in the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Just a little more than 100 years later, Rhode Islanders changed the world again – this time by starting the Industrial Revolution in America. What will come next?
What’s the prize? Tickets to the hit Broadway musical Hamilton: An American Musical, including a post-show dinner and transportation to/from New York City. Two student winners from each Rhode Island county will be selected. Teachers who sponsor this competition in their classes and have an award-winning student essay will be invited to join the trip.
The essay competition is open to Rhode Island tenth grade students who are enrolled at a public high school, or other tuition-free school, during the 2016-2017 academic year. For the complete submission guidelines, along with the judging criteria, see the attachment or visit http://www.newporthistory.org/
First Annual Civics Bee Crowns a Champion!
Congratulations to Isaac Kaufman for winning the first ever WHS Civics Bee. Isaac walked a $500.00 scholarship generously provided by the Westerly Republican Town Committee. The even was a smashing success, and we can't wait to do it again next year!
10th Grade Washington Trip
The 2016 10th grade Washington DC trip was a smashing success! Letters for the 2017 trip will be distributed to students in the class of 2019 in September.
Social Studies Department Grading Policy
Social Studies Department Re-Do Contract
Social Studies Department Work Habits Rubric
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