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Lessons of Yesteryear

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Miller Avenue School second graders visited the Long Island Museum in Stony Brook on March 27 to learn about life on Long Island in the late 1800s. The students spent the morning attending class at the Nassakeag Schoolhouse. The schoolhouse was built in 1877 and had about 30 students per year ranging from 5 to 15 years old.

“Our children learned about the school day and practiced writing and arithmetic on slate boards,” teacher Linda Burke said. “Afterwards, the children learned about chores at home, including how to wash and iron clothes, cook meals over a fire and churn butter.” Mrs. Burke’s class was joined by Mrs. Kerri Langan's class and Principal Claudia Smith.

They also visited the Carriage Museum where they learned about transportation in New York City and saw a fire engine wagon, a police patrol wagon, a stagecoach and a beautiful carriage owned by Cornelius Vanderbilt.

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Date Added: 3/31/2023