Dr. Heather Schwartz and Dr. Daniel Gashler, History Club advisors, recently took the club on a field trip to visit the New York State Museum in Albany and toured the USS Slater Destroyer Escort Historical Museum, the last Destroyer escort ship from World War II still afloat. Through the guided tour of the ship, students learned about the significance of the Destroyers in accompanying convoys across the Atlantic during the war and in hunting “wolf packs” of German U-Boats in order to protect the convoys. The tour allowed students the opportunity to glimpse life aboard a ship.
At the New York State Museum, students were able to learn about many aspects of New York State history. Particularly compelling was the Iroquois Longhouse, the 9/11 exhibit, the giant mastodon skeleton, and the historic subway car that students could climb aboard. The museum also has a working, historic carousel that visitors can ride (which the group did).
The History Club takes field trips to museum, historical sites, and historical films every semester. The next field trip is to view the World War II film, Allied.