Chatham Village historian Gail Wolczanski was at CMS January 22-24 to work with the 7th grade on research projects they are creating in anticipation of the Village’s upcoming sesquicentennial (Chatham turns 150 this year). She was the guest of Mrs. Eager, school librarian, and Mrs. Debye-Saxinger, 7th grade ELA teacher, who invited Ms. Wolczanski in to share her expertise with the students. As part of their “Then and Now” commemorative projects, 7th graders are exploring how significant aspects of their community, such as government, housing, transportation, careers, and family life, have changed over the years. During her visit, Ms. Wolczanski presented the students with an overview of the Village’s past and then helped them delve deeper into the topics they wanted to explore further for their projects.
Along with being the Village historian, Ms. Wolczanski is the author of an Images of America history book, Around the Village of Chatham, and is currently working on a new walking-tour history book on Chatham.