Lenape M.S. Spotlight

LENAPE MIDDLE SCHOOL HISTORY CORPS

Mr. Fash and Lenape History Corps

On Friday the Lenape Middle School History Corps and Central Bucks High School West History Corps traveled to our Nation’s Capital to be honored by the Library of Congress for their tremendous progress and dedication to interviewing Veterans and preserving American History. The National Director of the Veterans History Project and American Folklife Center, Robert W. Patrick, greeted the students and praised their efforts. Parent chaperones Mr. Seeger and Mr. Carlin accompanied the students with Mr. Fash, Lenape Middle School Social Studies teacher and History Corps Advisor. A surprise was in store for Mr. Seeger, a United States Army Veteran, and Mr. Carlin, a United States Navy Veteran. These gentlemen had been interviewed by the History Corps and it was arranged to present their interviews to the Library of Congress to be archived. History Corps members Madison Seeger, daughter of Mr. Seeger, and Cameron Carlin, son of Mr. Carlin, presented their fathers’ interviews to the archive.

After the presentation ceremony, Director Patrick shared interview tools and techniques, reviewed project achievements, and gave the students a tour of the Library of Congress, sharing the history of the building and the significance of its collection. The students were then met by members of Congressman Fitzpatrick’s staff and given a tour of the Capitol Building. In the afternoon, the students participated in the United States Navy Memorial’s Sea Service Conference in which World War II and Vietnam War Veterans at Vinson Hall Veterans Home were interviewed. Veterans interviewed served as Tank Battalion Commanders, Air Group Squadron Leaders and more. The students also interviewed Bronze Star and Silver Star recipients. The day concluded with a personal tour of the United States Navy Memorial by Assistant Curator Carrie Schupp. The Assistant Curator shared workshops focused on historical preservation and creating museum exhibits to honor our history. The History Corps is an after school club dedicated to the historical preservation of the stories of our Nation’s Veterans. The History Corps is looking for local Veterans to interview. If you or a loved one would like to be interviewed by the History Corps, please e-mail club advisor, Mr. Fash at mafash@cbsd.org.