Preserving Our Histories of Connecticut Veterans (POH) is a literacy and applied technology enrichment program for diverse high school students from districts in northwestern Connecticut and the greater Danbury area. Students act as historians and amateur documentary filmmakers to discover the relevance of history in the lives of veterans and within our communities today.
How does historical perspective influence interpretation? Students explore answers to this question and more through POH’s rigorous project-based curriculum. During the academic year, students participate in workshops and presentations on history, historical thinking and digital media. With guidance from experts, students record histories from a cross-section of Connecticut veterans. Participants take part in documentary filmmaking teams and assume roles such as historian, interviewer, director, editor and web designer. Films are entered into the Connecticut Student Film Festival and evaluated on elements such as storytelling and technical merit. POH students develop literacy and applied technology skills while preserving the important stories of Connecticut veterans.