Documentary

Back to School: Lessons from Norwich’s One-Room Schoolhouses

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The “Back to School” DVD Is Now Available!   Thanks to a Community Projects Grant from the Norwich Women’s Club, the Root District Game Club has prepared a DVD featuring “Back to School: Lessons from Norwich’s One-Room Schoolhouses,” a documentary about the history of Norwich’s one-room schoolhouses.  This film was a collaboration between Boston-based Historic New England, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization, and CATV, with support from the Root District Game Club, Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse Association, and the Norwich Historical Society.  This 35-minute documentary features the memories of ten students who attended Norwich one-room schoolhouses in the 1930s and 1940s and dozens of historic photos provided by the Norwich Historical Society.

The DVD is available for a $25 donation to the Root District Game Club, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, in support of our efforts to rebuild the deteriorating foundation of Root Schoolhouse and reopen the building for community use.  The DVD includes extended excerpts from interviews with students who attended the Root School, a profile of the Norwich Women’s Club prepared by CATV, and a feature about the recording of the documentary’s soundtrack at Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse.  The DVD may also be purchased at Dan & Whit’s in Norwich, Vermont.

How to Make a Donation by Mail or by PayPal

By Mail:

Please send a check for $25 payable to “Root District Game Club,” to:

Root District Game Club, PO Box 42, Norwich, VT 05055

If you would like more than one DVD, simply add another $25 for each additional DVD you would like to receive.

In the Memo line, please write “DVD.”  For multiple orders, simply write “2 DVDs,” etc.  Finally, please include a note indicating the address that the DVD should be mailed to.

By PayPal:

You can make a $25 donation through our secure online Paypal service (see link below).  If you would like more than one DVD, simply add another $25 for each additional DVD you would like to receive.

Once in PayPal, we encourage you to use the “send a note to seller” function by writing the word “DVD.”  For multiple orders, simply write “2 DVDs,” etc.

Finally, please confirm that the mailing address associated with your PayPal account is the one you want the DVD mailed to.  If it’s not, or if you’re not sure, simply write the correct address in the “send a note to seller” function.

Click Here to order your DVD with PayPal.

If you need help with your order, please send an email to rootschoolhouse@gmail.com or call the Root District Game Club at (802) 331-0677.

Thank you for supporting Root Schoolhouse!

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Click on the above image to watch “Back to School” now!

The Root District Game Club has collaborated with Boston-based Historic New England, the nation’s oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization, and CATV on a documentary about the history of Norwich’s one-room schoolhouses.  Ten students who attended Norwich one-room schoolhouses in the 1930s and 1940s were interviewed and dozens of historic photos provided by the Norwich Historical Society were identified for use in the documentary.  The documentary, called Back to School: Lessons from Norwich’s One-Room Schoolhouses, premiered in June 2015 with showings at Wilder Center in Wilder, Vermont, and Marion Cross School, in Norwich, Vermont.

Click Here to watch Back to School on Vimeo.

Click Here to watch Back to School on YouTube.

Click Here to make a secure online donation to help us save Root Schoolhouse!

Many thanks to our partners who helped bring this movie to life, including the documentary’s director, Ken Turino, Manager of Community Engagement and Exhibitions at Historic New England; Bob Franzoni, the Executive Director of CATV; Emily Potts of CATV, the documentary’s editor; Norwich Historical Society, for contributing dozens of historic photographs; Travis Ramsey, for composing the documentary’s score, called “Marion’s Morning”; Spencer Lewis, for recording the soundtrack live at Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse; the members of the string quartet who performed the music, Alicia Casey, Benjamin Van Vliet, Madalyne Cross, and Benjamin Kulp; the many people who contributed to the crowdfunding campaign that made the soundtrack possible; the Beaver Meadow Schoolhouse Association; and, finally, special thanks to the former schoolhouse students and others who shared their memories and knowledge for this documentary.

Click Here to view a short video about the recording of the soundtrack for Back To School.

Click Here for Historic New England’s webpage about the documentary.

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