I have always held a fascination with cemeteries. Ever since I read Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book, I have explored cemeteries near me, taking pictures, studying interesting graves, and researching names I t
Gwendolyn, this is such an interesting read. Thank you for bringing Gen. Sears to our attention. and I love the idea of using research to resurrect the fogotten people of our history.
On a slightly different topic, if you really love visiting graveyards, you should some day find a way to visit the Bates Cemetary in the Adirondach Park in New York State. It is the most interesting cemetary I have ever seen. I wish I could show you pictures. Many of the gravesites are decorated with flowers and momentos and photos and pinwheels. Some of the gravestones are weird, like the one that is shaped like an old time television set. One grave has a big sign that sys, “Cancer Sucks.” I wish I could attach pictures for you, but I guess you’ll just have to go there someday. It’s in the Town Of Johnsburg in Warren County.
Meanwhile, keep on writing the histories of us little people.
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We merged several earlier blogging projects. We have found that there are many advantages to bringing students together in one site that lives beyond any particular class. It’s easier for individual students to read and write about their own passions, to connect with other students, comment on each other’s work, and create multimedia posts for each other. Further, it’s been exciting for us to pool our knowledge about curriculum, connected learning, and digital literacies.
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If being part of such a community makes sense to you, we invite you to join us. We welcome all youth and any teacher interested in having students publish online and participate in the give and take of a social network like Youth Voices.