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Interpreting History at Marsh Billings Rockefeller National Historical Park

November 19, 2013 Posted by: Brielle Finer
Presently, we are doing a project at the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park.  Each student in my group will research rooms of the mansion or a subject related to the mansion.  I conducted an interview with Connie, the niece of the Rockefellers. I have created this essential question regarding my project:  “How was the life in the mansion for a member of the Rockefeller family?”   I am interested to learn about fun and sweet stories from Connie when she was young. I found this project very interesting.  Although I have lived near Woodstock all my life and visited the farm on several occasions, I had no idea how much history there is here.  Students are researching topics based of their interest, such as architecture, the mansion itself, the different generations who live in the mansion, the art collection and the family stories. At the end of the project we gave a guided tour to a French speaking audience. Every student presented their own research to the French speaking audience in the mansion.

En ce moment on fait un projet au Parc National de Marsh Billings Rockefeller. Chaque étudiant va faire la recherche d’une partie de la grande maison ou une étude qui est liée à la maison. J’ai eu une interview avec Connie, qui est la nièce de Rockefeller. J’ai créé la question essentielle suivante pour mon projet : Comment était la vie pour un membre de la famille Rockefeller dans la maison de Marsh Billings Rockefeller ? J’ai envie de connaître des petites histoires drôles et mignonnes de Connie quand elle était jeune.

Je trouve que ce projet est vraiment intéressant. J’ai vécu à côté de Woodstock toute ma vie et j’ai visité la ferme plusieurs fois, mais je ne savais pas toutes les histoires qu’on a ! On a beaucoup d’étudiants qui font des sujets auxquels ils s’intéressent le plus, comme l’architecture, la maison, la famille en général, et les peintures ainsi que des contes. À la fin du projet on va tout faire une visite guidée pour les participants  qui sont francophones. Chaque étudiant présentera sa recherche dans la maison aux francophones.   


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A detail from sculpted Shaw Memorial, showing a man on horseback and soldiers marching alongside. NPS Photo.

Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller NHP offers the system's first Civil War Home Front tour. 11 African-American veterans of the 54th Massachusetts are buried adjacent to the park. The Shaw Memorial, immortalizing the 54th, can be seen at Saint-Gaudens NHS and Boston African-American NHS.