According to organizer and NDA Social Studies teacher Natalie Morgan, “Storytelling is an art form. Stories ignite our imagination, let us leap over cultural walls and cross the barriers of time; stories have the power to transform our perceptions of our world. History is a collection of stories, from the most fascinating people and places throughout time and across the world. History is far more than just dates. Humans do not connect with a date; we connect with a person or an idea. A date rarely makes us “feel”, but a story can connect us to our past and to each other in a meaningful way!” This was her inspiration for creating this series of history story telling called, HisStory and HerStory: An Eyewitness to History!
On September 11, Deputy Fire Chief Tom Eisel (retired) told his story of the attacks on 9/11 and the aftermath. Chief Eisel also described his trip to Ground Zero in New York City and his attendance at the funerals of his fallen FDNY brothers and sisters to the students of Notre Dame Academy. Chief Eisel also displayed and explained different artifacts relating to 9/11 and answered students’ questions.
“This series will allow students to ask questions directly of an eyewitness to history, help to break down cultural, generational, and societal barriers and through storytelling help the students connect to past historical events,” Mrs. Morgan explained. The Social Studies Department at NDA will present this series of speakers throughout the school year to help students create meaningful connection with historical content.
Chief Eisel will also display and explain different artifacts relating to 9/11 and answer students’ questions.