West High School History Teacher, Brad Morse
Brad Morse was the first teacher to connect with Story Preservation Initiative, looking for a way to bring primary source material into his classroom.
In his own words:
“History is best taught and learned by the telling of stories. By listening to the testimonials of people who lived through the historical events and eras we study in class, students have felt a direct relationship to those events in a way that is otherwise difficult to achieve. Whether it was Max Ebel’s account of being detained and interned here in America as a German immigrant during World War II, Victor Kumin’s story of being a scientist on the Manhattan Project, or Doug Anderson’s wrenching description of the daily struggle to stay alive during the Vietnam War, these personal stories being told by the people who lived them is the “hook” that history teachers are so often looking for. I am so pleased to be able to use these accounts in my American History class.”
Image courtesy of Southern New Hampshire University