Teaching Local and Community History: A Case Study

Date: February 16, 2008

Time: 10-1
Location: Peekskill Paramount Center for the Arts, 1008 Brown Street, Peekskill
Contact Hours: 3
Cost: $25
Cutoff Date: February 12
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Explore the creation of a local history exhibit using art, primary source documents, photographs and video.  “Racing on a Broken Ground” by artist and former middle-school teacher Betsy Braun Lane captures an often overlooked segment of history in the Cortland/Peekskill region. The exhibit incorporates family snap shots, portraits, memorabilia, and historic documents to tell the story in the Lower Hudson Region of the Peterson/Moshier families and other early pioneers and patriots of African, European, and Indian descent. The story began over 230 years ago and encompasses events through the Underground Railroad to the present.

Every community has a story to tell but the challenge is to gather the information using primary sources and oral histories and then to present it using 21st century technology and art form. “Racing on a Broken Ground” is the story of one teacher and artist’s effort to tell that story in her own community and to provide a model for what can be done elsewhere.

Following the program there will be an opportunity to adjourn across the street to the Flat Iron Building Peekskill Coffee House. Enjoy more of Peekskill’s art scene by the visiting the Flat Iron gallery and the numerous studios, galleries, and shops in the vicinity.

For further information contact IHARE at 914-939-9071 or email us at: contact@ihare.org