We’re excited to announce a new venture aimed at integrating the efforts of high schools, historical societies and anyone interested in local history. A collaboration of these institutions and interested people in Essex County will help curate documentary evidence and pictures pertaining to a range of topics. We’re starting with Essex County simply because it is closest to us geographically. Phase one of our search begins with two areas that we have already made a great deal of progress on: Slave Gravestones, and Child Apprentices in the Colonial Era. (Later we will be looking at One Room School Houses, “Ten-Footer” Shoe Shops, and Poorhouses & Workhouses). Are you interested in being a part of this digital document collaboration? Click on the projects below, and join us.
Children “Bound Out”: The social mobility of apprenticed, bound-out children in their respective Essex County communities
Slave Gravestones & Epitaphs: The stories of these people during and after their lives as slaves