Elizabeth Rees-Gilbert

To increase appreciation for regional history and culture, students conduct interviews with members of the local Amish and Mennonite community; the students collect stories, recipes, music poetry, quilting and weaving techniques, farming practices, and Pennsylvania Dutch vocabulary. Using these interviews, Ms. Rees-Gilbert, Dr. Thomas, Mr. Whetzel, and their students create a nonfiction reference book and an educational packet with hands-on activities for the local schools and libraries to teach Garrett County and Maryland histories.