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Institutions involved with this project

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association (more about PVMA)
Museum and Library, Deerfield, Massachusetts

The Center for Computer-Based Instructional Technology (more about CCBIT)
at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts

Frontier Regional / Union 38 Schools (more about Frontier Regional / Union 38)
Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately, Massachusetts

GCC logoGreenfield Community College
Greenfield, Massachusetts, is the host of this site.


Production Credits

Project Co-Directors
Timothy C. Neumann, Executive Director, PVMA
David M. Hart, Executive Director, CCBIT

Project Coordinator
Angela Goebel Bain

Site Designer
Juliet Jacobson

Software System Architect
Stephen Battisti, CCBIT

Software System Engineers
Peter Brown, Ph.D., Lead Web Applications Developer, CCBIT
Thomas Armstrong, Web Applications Developer, CCBIT

Web Design Consultant
Frederick C. Zinn, Multimedia Applications Designer, Office of Information Technologies, UMass/Amherst

Multimedia Development, CCBIT
Matthew Mattingly, Multimedia Director
David Gosselin, Web Programming and Multimedia Development
Jason Thibedeau, Web Programming and Multimedia Development
Mycho Jellison, Flash Development
Rena Jones, Graphic Artist
Yvonne Arnold, Graphic Artist
Marci Langevin, Graphic Artist
Deb Osgood, Graphic Artist
Morgan Robinson, Graphic Artist

Research and Writing
Angela Goebel Bain, Co-Editor
Dr. Barbara Mathews, Co-Editor
Susan McGowan, Director of Adult Programs
Lynne Manring, Director of Youth Programs
Shirley Majewski, Library Assistant

With Contributions By:
Timothy C. Neumann, Executive Director
Suzanne L. Flynt, Curator
David Bosse, Librarian

Penny Leveritt

Curriculum (full Curriculum Credits)
Dr. Barbara Levy, Curriculum Advisor

Web-based Curriculum Development
Victoria Getis, Ph.D., Web Programming and Interactive Curriculum Development
Elizabeth Terhune, Web Programming and Interactive Curriculum Development

Curriculum Content Development
From Deerfield Elementary School:

Charlene Galenski, 5th grade Teacher
Kathleen Klaes, 5th grade Teacher
Mary Gene Devlin, 6th grade Teacher
Bette Schmitt, School Librarian

From Frontier Regional School, Middle School:
Howard Barnard, 8th grade History Teacher
Robert Smith, 8th grade English Teacher

From Frontier Regional School, High School
Carolyn Dashef, middle, high school Art and Drama Teacher
Dr. Janice Dore, Library/Media Center Director
Frank Heston, high school Social Studies Teacher

Dr. Marilyn McArthur

Site Reviewers
Anne Bussler, 5th Grade Teacher, Conway Grammar School, Conway, MA
Mary Gene Devlin, 6th Grade Teacher, Deerfield Elementary School, Deerfield, MA
Kathy Lanza, Edward Bellamy Middle School, Chicopee, MA
Michelle Mueller Technology Coordinator Bunker Hill School District #8 Bunker Hill, IL
John O'Neill Computer coordinator Edward Bellamy Middle School Chicopee, MA
Elizabeth Pycko Edward Bellamy Middle School Chicopee, MA
Jeremy Rogers Frontier Regional School Deerfield, MA
Sue Silvester, Mohawk Regional School, Buckland, MA
Gail Steinbring Greenfield High School Greenfield, MA


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The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association
Museum and Library, Deerfield, Massachusetts

The Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association is located in the Old Deerfield National Historic District, in western Massachusetts on the Connecticut River, recently designated as an American Heritage River. It is one of the oldest history museums in New England. This materials development project grows directly out of the PVMA's mission statement, "to collect, preserve, and interpret the multicultural history of the Deerfield and Connecticut River Valleys, … presenting educational, cultural and artistic programs." The Museum has also pursued its mission through award-winning publications that disseminate information about its collections and New England history throughout the country.

The Museum provides educational programs to all school districts (90 schools) in the three counties of the Connecticut River Valley. The Museum has a particularly close relationship with its local school district, Frontier Regional /Union 38 and has worked with the district over the past 20 years on a number of collaborative curriculum projects. Most recently, this local, rural school district has made a major institutional commitment to co-create the cutting edge Turns of the Centuries curriculum material in collaboration with the Museum (an outgrowth of a National Endowment for the Humanities focus grant). The PVMA has provided elementary, middle and high schools in the Frontier district with Museum staff to serve as a "humanist-in-residence" (funded by the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities) to work side by side with classroom teachers to infuse history education with primary resources and forge a new model of museum/school collaboration.

Present holdings of over 70,000 objects and documents chronicle the entire history of the region, spanning pre-history through the 20th century, and include Native American objects. A remarkable feature of the collection is the depth of the documentation of its objects within the curatorial files as well as interrelated to the journals, newspapers, and schoolbooks in the library. Combining the early printed and manuscript resources of the library with objects in the museum provides a unique opportunity to teach local history with a national and international overview.

Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association:

Timothy C. Neumann, Executive Director
Suzanne L. Flynt, Curator
David Bosse, Librarian
Susan McGowan, Director of Adult Programs
Lynne Manring, Director of Youth Programs
Shirley Majewski, Library Assistant
Angela Goebel Bain, Project Manager
Louise Neidle, Development Specialist and Project Facilitator

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The Center for Computer-Based Instructional Technology
at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

CCBIT develops innovative instructional technology applications that promote active student learning. Sponsored by the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and working out of the University's Computer Science Department, CCBIT collaborates with faculty to develop effective instructional tools for the undergraduate curriculum. CCBIT also works closely with schools, museums and other educational institutions to create new ways of using instructional technology in K-12 classrooms. CCBIT staff have four particular areas of expertise: instructional design for online learning; database and web-based software engineering; interactive multimedia; and intelligent tutoring. CCBIT applications typically blend most or all of these to create innovative approaches to learning with technology.

Center for Computer Based Instructional Technology

Beverly Woolf, Director
David Hart, Executive Director
Stephen Battisti, Chief Software Architect
Peter Brown, Senior Software Engineer
Victoria Getis, Curriculum Designer
Matthew Mattingly, Multimedia Director


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Frontier Regional / Union 38 Schools
Conway, Deerfield, Sunderland and Whately, Massachusetts.

U38-FRD is comprised of a regional Middle/High School (700 students) and 4 elementary schools (900 students) serving the rural towns of Deerfield, Conway, Sunderland, and Whately, Massachusetts. The district strives to provide diverse cultural programming using outside resources while also integrating cultural resources into curriculum.

The mission of the Frontier Regional Schools is "to provide the highest quality education which builds a strong foundation for lifelong learning, values the individual, fosters community and respects tradition while responding to the changing needs of society." The mission is followed by Student Expectations which include: understanding the role of history in shaping the world, developing the analytic and research skills, appreciation for the humanities, learning to use technology effectively.

School Administration

Edward O'Donoghue, Frontier Regional /Union 38 Interim Superintendent
Martha Barrett, Sunderland Elementary School Principal
J. Martin Leggott, Frontier Regional School Principal
Dr. Judith Siciliano, Conway Grammer School Principal
Donald Skroski, Whately Elementary School Principal
Douglas Tierney, Deerfield Elementary School Principal
Dr. Diana Campbell, Frontier Regional/Union 38 School Districts Technology Coordinator
Louise Law, Elementary School Curriculum Coordinator
Christine Sweklo, Middle and Secondary School Curriculum Coordinator

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