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Nineteenth-century New England schoolhouse, Museum of History and Technology, 1970sNineteenth-century New England schoolhouse, Museum of History and Technology, 1970s

In 1966 the museum collected a one-room schoolhouse from Stonington, Connecticut, for the Hall of Everyday Life. It went on display in 1969, during a time when protesters were flooding the streets of Washington, D.C., demonstrating against the Vietnam War and for civil rights. For Ellen Boggemes, who taught at the school from 1911 to 1913, the exhibit was a "reminder of peaceful, happy days," a contrast to the social turmoil of the present. In a letter to Curator C. Malcolm Watkins, she expressed her hope that "our little school" would inspire visitors to recognize that "public schools [are] the strength of this nation!"

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