Kids Making History

Showcasing creative student projects that incorporate local primary sources to retell the past.

Keene State Students Volunteer at HSCC

Fall semester 2017, thirteen students from Professor Graham Warder’s LLC History class volunteered for 2-hours each at the Society, transcribing and researching historic documents.

Pinterest.... 1850s style

In the Summer of 2017, Smith College student Patience Kayira created a Pinterest page inspired by the life of Martha Willson and her 1850 diary in the collections of the Historical Society. Click image to see Pinterest page.

Diary of an 18 Year Old Girl, 1850

In May 2017, students at Keene High School transcribed the 1850 diary of an 18-year old girl from Keene, NH.  They used what they learned to create interactive posters.  Click image above to see original diary.

Student becomes the Teacher

In July 2017, Lee Ackerman of Westmoreland created a new program for the Historical Society’s 18th Century Kids Camp.  Lee and his apprentice Sam created an Intro to Blacksmithing program for 3rd – 5th graders. Great work Lee!

Jewish History in NH

In March 2017, the 11th graders at Monadnock Regional High School visited the Historical Society of Cheshire County to study the Jewish immigrant experience in Cheshire County in the early 20th century. Click image to read about the project.

2017 School Award

The Historical Society of Cheshire County is pleased to award Paul Deschaine’s 8th grade class with the 2017 Communicating the Past Award! Click image to read more. 

2016 Civil War Comics Camp

In August 2016, 20 middle school students from around the Monadnock region joined forces to create an 85-page comic book The Wilcox Diary Comic using the letters and diary of Civil War soldier Charles Wilcox of Keene.

2016 School Award to Nelson School

Blizzard of 188" Award (2016)

In June 2016, the Historical Society of Cheshire County awarded a Communicating the Past award to Ms. Emilia Whippie-Prior’s 5th and 6th graders at Nelson, NH, School.  Students studied the Blizzard of 1888 to complete a creative writing piece about the experience of a real individual during the storm.  They used books about the Blizzard, historic photographs, diary entries, newspaper accounts, and artifacts as research materials.  The result was a collection of fascinating stories based on real events.  Congrats!!