For teachers and parents at home during COVID 19 restrictions, podcasts may be interesting. We will add to this list, and we start with podcasts from National Heritage Areas, of which we are one.
In Episode 3.2, Jules speaks with Heather Hodges, Executive Director of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, about efforts in the Corridor to support and revive Gullah Geechee Watch Night traditions.
Spanning 425 miles of coastline and sea islands from North Carolina to Florida, the Corridor’s mission is to support and celebrate the culture and history of the Gullah Geechee people, who are descended from enslaved peoples from West and Central Africa. One of those traditions is Watch Night, also known as Freedom’s Eve. In the midst of the Civil War, people gathered together in churches on the night of December 31, 1862, to await midnight, when the Emancipation Proclamation was to free millions of enslaved people in the South.
Over the years, many African American churches have continued to hold Watch Night services each year. However, over time the connection between the New Year and the Emancipation Proclamation was largely forgotten. Heather explains how the Corridor has recently been working with community partners to reestablish Watch Night’s historical ties and revive its Gullah Geechee traditions.
Watch Night (Freedom’s Eve) in Gullah Geechee Communities, Dec. 31, 1862
This one is about commemorations of the eve of the emancipation proclamation
2) The Housatonic Heritage Oral History Center at Berkshire Community College podcast (A Sense of Place) page:
3. The Wisdom Project
Stockbridge Library seeks input from 4-8 year olds
Our current pandemic and Global Pause mean that all of us are living in unprecedented times. Youth Librarian Jenney Maloy would like to invite children ages 4 to 18 to share their daily experiences and thoughts to help create a historical record of this moment. Future generations will be able to visit the Procter Museum & Archives of Stockbridge History to see what life was like for young people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
And here, you will find links to Teacher and Education pages of our member and friends’ sites. Please tell us about yours, and we will add it here.
Hancock Shaker Village
Sharon Historical Society
Kids and Teachers
Upper Housatonic Valley African American Trail
Trustees of Reservations
Norman Rockwell Museum
NAACP – Berkshire Branch