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Historic New Englandpartnered with Community Access Television (CATV), the Norwich Historical Society, Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse Association, and Root District Game Club to collect oral histories from more than a dozen students who attended these schools in the 1930s and ‘40s. Norwich Historical Society contributed more than 100 images from its photographic collection.
Along with the students’ stories, the project highlights the architectural significance of the schoolhouses themselves. Last year, two of Norwich’s one-room schoolhouses, the 1937 Root District Schoolhouse and the 1922 Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse, were added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Watch the film below, or buy a DVD to support preservation of the Root District Schoolhouse.