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Discovering history in hometown

At far left is the School 1 bell.
In center are students inside the society.
In center are students inside the society.
Above is students hearing about the history.
At top left, School 3 first-graders pose in front of Dunkirk Historical Society.

Earlier this month, Amanda Kulig’s first-grade classroom at Dunkirk School 3 learned about the importance of Veterans Day and why we need to honor their heroics. This sparked a huge interest among the students on hometown heroes — veterans right here in Dunkirk — and American history.

With a quick call, The Dunkirk Historical Museum on Washington Avenue welcomed the children with open arms on such short notice. Jane Babinsky the executive director, Ellen Bailey, curator, and Wayne Mori the archivist were so accommodating, knowledgeable, and friendly. They kept the students engaged and having fun from start to finish.

They even sent the students home with a little gift.

Once the class arrived Babinsky had Kulig ring the Dunkirk School 1 original bell to start the event. The students learned where the name Dunkirk originated, how the city helped Dunkerque, France, the original schools such as Dunkirk School 1 and Cardinal Mindszenty High School and many more fun facts about our very own city.

“This experience will be remembered forever!” Kulig said.

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