MONMOUTH COUNTY, NJ: Betsy Ross was in New Jersey last week and made a stop at The Conover Primary School last Wednesday, November 6th. She traveled back in time to teach the second grade students a history lesson about the American Flag. Freeholder Lillian Burry and newly elected Colts Neck Committeewoman Sue Fitzpatrick, were both in attendance.
Freeholder Lillian Burry arranged the Betsy Ross history lesson for the students, which comes as no surprise as Burry has been instrumental in historical preservation in Monmouth County throughout her career, specifically with the Colts Neck Historical Preservation Committee.
Burry comments, "It is so important to reinforce the history lessons our children are learning. They were so excited today to meet Betsy Ross and learn all about our flag. We know children learn best when they can have fun learning, and the students here today were full of excitement to learn... they were very interactive, asking many questions. It really was a great learning experience. I've seen the presentation before and every time I feel like I myself learn something new too!"
VIDEO: Here is a short 50-second video clip of the interactive learning experience with Betsy Ross at the Conover Primary School:
The entire history lesson about the Independence of America was great timing right before Veterans Day. During the highly interactive program, Betsy Ross (Kim Hanley) invited the students into her life, telling them about her family life and her upholstery business. Explaining in a way that kept the children's attention, Betsy built the American Stars and Stripes on a colorful felt story-board, explaining each step from its historical components. During the War, Betsy was said to have sewn the first US “stars and stripes” flag, and the children felt like they experienced building it themselves, step by step with a history lesson to explain it all. There were many eager hands that went up when Betsy asked for audience participation volunteers. All had a great time and learned a great history lesson.
For more information about Betsy Ross or any of the other characters Kim plays call 215.625.0986 -In addition to Betsy Ross, Kim’s character portrayals include: Abigail Adams, Annie Oakley, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Lucretia Mott, Mary Young Pickersgill, Molly Pitcher, Alice Roosevelt Longworth, Alice Roosevelt’s maid Anna, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, and Grace Coolidge