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November 19, 2017

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Learning by trial was no error

Nov. 2, 2017

 

Members of Duanesburg High School's junior class "braved witches and warlocks and some frightening weather when they traveled to Salem, MA recently," according to English Teacher Tom Reiter. They also time-traveled more than 300 years to become part of history.

"Although one brief downpour dampened their clothes and spirits momentarily, much of the day was dry. It could have been much worse, as the forecast called for hard rain that never developed," he added.

The students were entertained in the Salem Witch Museum during a tour of the witch trials, toured the House of the Seven Gables and participated in the arrest and trial of Bridget Bishop, a woman accused of witchery in 1692.

"The trail of Goody Bishop is always a highlight of the trip," Reiter said. "Students participate in the trial and even ask questions of the witnesses."

The trial is part of a performance of "Cry Innocent," an interactive and educational theatrical production about the Salem witch trials.

The DCS students earned some rest after all that learning, according to Reiter, who noted,  "Beside all the educational fun, students had plenty of time to eat and shop."

group of students standing in front of the House of the Seven Gables             Actor portrays witch trial history on street while students watch

The magnificent House of the Seven Gables and an interactive trial of Bridget Goody Bishop were amonng Salem highlights.

 

Actor portrays witch trial history on street while students watch              Actors portray witch trial history on street while students watch

 

view of harbor near Salem, MA

Salem Harbor played a role in the American Revolution and
is a national historic site.




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