For Teachers

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.

1). Episode 3.2 – Watch Night (Freedom’s Eve) in Gullah Geechee Communities

Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters at Watch Night event at Morris Brown AME Church in Charleston, SC, 2018
Performers from the Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters and guests at a Watch Night service hosted organize by the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Morris Brown AME Church, and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor / Herb Frazier

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.

The Library children’s Librarian Jenney Maloy is collecting these stories and would like know what your lives are like right now. What did you do today? How is your life different than it was before this stay-at-home time? Do you get to see friends, electronically or in person? Do you go to school at home? Do you go outside? What are you playing? What are you reading and watching on T.V.? What do you like about this stay-at-home time? What don’t you like about this time? These are just suggestions. Whatever you have to say is important!
There are several ways to participate:
Younger children can draw pictures. Parents can annotate the drawings to provide more information. Parents might prompt children with questions like: “What did you do today? What was fun today? What made you sad today?” Young children are probably already drawing about life during the pandemic; parents can submit anything they think is appropriate. Please send submissions to: Stockbridge Library Association, c/o Jenney Maloy, PO Box 119, Stockbridge, MA 01262. (Parents: For children under age 18, please include a short note with your permission and signature.)
Write a letter to Miss Jenney. Please mail letters to: Stockbridge Library Association, c/o Jenney Maloy, PO Box 119, Stockbridge, MA 01262. (Parents: For children under age 18, please include a short note with your permission and signature.)
Older children can fill out a questionnaire: Please click here. (Children under age 18 will be asked to provide the email address of a parent.) Multiple submissions are welcome


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
School Visits

Berkshire Museum

Sharon Historical Society
Kids and Teachers

Upper Housatonic Valley African American Trail

Beckley Furnace

The Mount

Trustees of Reservations

Norman Rockwell Museum


Mass Humanities

NAACP – Berkshire Branch