Our SWR Leader in Lincoln History

Our SWR Leader in Lincoln History photo
SWR High School social studies teacher Ruth Squillace recently attended the 23rd annual Lincoln Forum, which took place in Gettysburg, PA. One of the leading history organizations in the county, it attracts some of the most revered historians in the Lincoln and Civil War fields as speakers, panelists and guests from all over the world. Mrs. Squillace is a member of the Advisory Board and Coordinator of their Teacher Scholarship Initiative.

Mrs. Squillace delivered her annual remarks on the opening evening of the symposium, at which time she presented the winners of the prestigious Virginia Williams Teacher Scholarship. She also conducted a dramatic reading with acclaimed author George Saunders who wrote “Lincoln on the Bardo,” a book which has been optioned for a forthcoming movie and is being adapted for an upcoming opera at the Met. In a moderated Q & A with author Joe Fornieri in which she asked a key educational question that launched numerous inquiries in sharing it to develop educational materials and resources for teachers nationwide. Her additional contributions to the symposium included speaking at “The Lincoln Forum at 23: Looking Back and Looking Forward.” At this moderated session, she discussed the inception and evolution of the Teacher Scholarship Initiative, an effort that assists social studies teachers nationwide, which she developed and has coordinated for the past nine years.

Through her scholarly devotion and passionate work for the organization, Shoreham-Wading River High School was named a Lincoln Legacy School – one of the few in the nation – an honor bestowed on the school from the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission when the district hosted the first of two Lincoln symposiums. The first, in 2009 was for Lincoln's Bicentennial and the second was in 2014. That symposium’s theme was Lincoln’s Legacy and the funding was secured through a grant she wrote and for which she was awarded through the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Commission.