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A Day in a Life of a Student at Brownington Academy

Our entry is entitled "A Day in the Life of a Student at Brownington Academy in the 1840's". We chose this topic because we were researching the Old Stone House, and we started to wonder about how the children lived when they went to the Old Stone House for school, and what it would be like to be them. Then we started to do research on the responsibilities of the students during that time period.

We found our information in catalogues from Brownington Academy and from artifacts. Our most valuable resources were the catalogues because they gave information that we put on our graphs. We were going to do pranks that the students pulled at the school because that is what we had most of our information on, but we changed our topic to daily life and the responsibilities of kids. We chose to do this because we needed a topic that fit the theme for this year. We got our information from all primary sources. We have gone to the Old Stone House and studied the rooms and what the students lifestyle would be like back then. We took pictures to capture the lifestyle of the children. We walked around the school to see what it would be like to go outside to eat or play. We looked at the toys that they would have used to play with outside. We had some problems with our exhibit board because we didn't get it finished until a week before the History Fair came.

Our Community History project is related to the theme because we made a list that compared responsibilities of students then to responsibilities of students now. We put up the Brownington Academy bye-laws up on the poster board to tell some of the rules. It is important to study this topic because it is good to know about the life of students at the time Brownington Academy existed and know what the people did back then. It has helped us to know what happened then because if we didn't know then we wouldn't know anything about the students. Their lives are very interesting to learn about. We learned different classes that they took, the clothes that they wore, what kind of toys they would play with to have fun, and even how they did their work. Going to school at Brownington Academy in the 1840's was much different than going to school today. It was fun for our group to get a glimpse of the past while researching this project.

By:Katelyn B., Daniel B., Crystal T., Joe R.


BYE-LAWS FOR THE ORLEANS CO. GRAMMAR SCHOOL

  • FIRST- The school shall be assembled, on each day of school, at nine o'clock A.M., and closed at 12 P.M. Reassembled at half past one P.M., and closed at the discretion of the teacher.
  • SECOND-Wednesday afternoon, Composition and Declamation are required alternately of each gentlemen of suitable age and character; and of each lady, composition and the reading of a selection of her own Composition from some other author-all exhibited before the school.
  • THIRD-No scholar is allowed to interrupt or disturb another during the hours of study or repose unless on business of absolute necessity, which is required to be closed as quick as practicable.
  • FOURTH-Punctual attendance on all the requisitions of the school is enjoyed as indispensable
  • FIFTH-All the members of this school are required to treat each other with due respect, and observe the strictest rules of modesty and decorum in all their intercourse with each other.
  • SIXTH-The students of this institution are required to attend public scholarship on the Sabbath, at such place as the Principal usually attends, unless parents or guardians(or students of suitable age to select for themselves,)choose that the attendance be elsewhere.
  • SEVENTH-The Principal himself, or by proxy is required to conduct such religious exercises in this school, as is practised in kindred institutions.
  • EIGHTH-These rules are to be enforced according to the direction of the Principal.
Brownington August 14,1846

Rights and Responsibilities of 1849 and 2003

Now Then
Chores Chores
Getting ready for school Getting ready for school
Take a bus to school Walk or carriage ride to school
Getting ready to go home  
Do not have to pay for classes Had to pay for classes
Each term last 9 weeks Each term lasted 12 weeks
Have to study for 7 hours from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Had to study 10 hours a day from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Go home to stay Boarded at the Old Stone House
Do homework Do homework
Communicate by phone or e-mail Communicate by letters

Bibliography

"Bye Laws of the Orleans County Grammar School." Irasburgh, VT: Records Office, 1846.

We used the bye laws for our information to find out what the rules in the school were.

"Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Orleans County Grammar School." Irasburgh, VT: The Record Office, 1849.

We used this pamphlet to get the information for our bar graphs. We learned the number of people that went there each year and the classes that they took.

"Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Orleans County Grammar School." Newbury, VT: L.J.M'Indoe, 1853.

This pamphlet is for our graphs. It helped us to get information on how many men and ladies went there each year and the classes that they took.

"Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Orleans County Grammar School." Stanstead: L.R.Robinson, 1845.

The information from this pamphlet helped us with our graphs to get information on the students and the classes that they took.

"Catalogue of the Officers and Students of the Orleans County Grammar School." St. Johnsbury, VT: A.G. Chadwick, 1841.

This pamphlet helped us with our graphs to get information on the men and women that attended the school and the classes that they took.

Excerpts from letters from Alumnae of Brownington Academy. Old Stone House Museum, Brownington, VT.

We used it to get our pictures, and we got the bye-laws from the Orleans County Grammar School.

Hahn, Michael. Alexander Twilight. Shelburne, Vermont: New England Press, Inc., 1998.

We used this book to get some information for our rights and responsibility chart. We found some of the rules that they would have to follow during that time.

 
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