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Brownville Elementary learns local history through projects

Article from The Piscataquis Observer, Vol. 164, No. 17, April 24, 2002

By Sarah MacIlroy
Staff Writer

BROWNVILLE – Students at Brownville Elementary School showed that they knew just as much about local history as they did about world history when they prepared projects for the annual Brownville History Day.

In preparation for the day, students select one aspect of local history in keeping with this year's theme,"Business and Industry." Projects involved weeks of work, interviews, a report and a related visual aid÷which can be anything from a replica of the slate quarries to carefully-constructed replica of a local gas station.

Local historian Bill Sawtell, who frequently speaks to the students on their local heritage, said the school has "This is the eighteenth year, we've done this and the sixteenth year we've had a contest," he said.

Sawtell, the author of 31 books, said he enjoyed being able to contribute to the day.

"I enjoy it a great deal," he said. "People have been very good to me and I feel that it's important to do my share÷to give the history and information about the area."

Four winners were announced in grade three and four, and fifth-graders worked together on a group project,creating a Brownville calendar.

But it isn't just the grown-ups that enjoy celebrating their heritage, students find it fun, as well.

"I like it because I like Brownville," said fourth-grader Harold Emery. "Me, my Dad, my Mom and my brother all grew up in Brownville."

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