Antique black-and-white photograph of Ocean Avenue, Long Branch New Jersey, with two buggies going down a dirt road.
Social Studies
Grades
3-5-9-12

Marking History, Making History

How can we as historians uncover and share stories about our community?

Project Summary

History is a process of interpretation and perspective-taking. In this project, students research the history of their home community or region and use primary source materials to learn about the experiences and perspectives of multiple community members (e.g., indigenous people, immigrants, colonists, enslaved people, people of different class backgrounds) in relation to particular events. Students use what they learn to document and share the multiple (and sometimes conflicting) histories that coexist in their local community.