Welcome to Village Voices: A Community Storytelling Pathway

The Village Voices Community Storytelling Pathway amplifies the experiences of Falls Village community members. The stories shared are a unique representation of our community. Village Voices celebrates the diversity of our historical and contemporary experiences and perspectives; each story connects to resources found inside the David M. Hunt Library.

Village Voices is both a physical and digital display that showcases a rotation of stories, poems, and artwork from Falls Village community members and organizations. Our stories represent who we are in the world and how our individual experiences shape our community.

We invite everyone to continue their exploration and learning on this page and within the library.

Featured Theme:

Black and African American Heritage

Norman Rockwell and My Family

Julia Olff

Falls Village Equity Project

Norman Rockwell and My Family

Julia Olff

Falls Village Equity Project

I Have a Dream

1st and 2nd Grade Class

Kellogg Elementary School

I Have a Dream

1st and 2nd Grade Class

Kellogg Elementary School

Enslaved Residents

Grace Graney, Darwin Woolf, Chase Ackerman, Aiden Krupa, Jasper Oyanadel and Hayden Bachman

Kellogg Elementary School

Enslaved Residents

Grace Graney, Darwin Woolf, Chase Ackerman, Aiden Krupa, Jasper Oyanadel and Hayden Bachman

Kellogg Elementary School

Enslaved Residents

Grace Graney, Darwin Wolfe, Chase Ackerman, Aiden Krupa, Jasper Oyanadel and Hayden Bachman

Kellogg Elementary School

Faces of Adversity

Student Contributors: Dana Saccardi, Kara Franks, Ayla Hill, Aron Ladanyi, Amber Ramcharran, Eason Zhang and Spencer Markow

With Support From: Ben Willis and Peter Vermilyea

Housatonic Valley River High School

Faces of Adversity

Student Contributors: Dana Saccardi, Kara Franks, Ayla Hill, Aron Ladanyi, Amber Ramcharran, Eason Zhang and Spencer Markow

With Support From: Ben Willis and Peter Vermilyea

Housatonic Valley River High School

Taylor Family Story

Carol Taylor

Falls Village Equity Project

Taylor Family Story

Carol Taylor

Falls Village Equity Project

Milo Freeland, First Black Man: Union Army, Civil War

Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society

Milo Freeland, First Black Man: Union Army, Civil War

Falls Village-Canaan Historical Society

Library Resources

Below are some additional resources you can check out from the library to explore more content related to our community storytelling pathway theme.

To Read:

  • Hi, I’m Norman by Robert Burleigh
  • Victory Stand! by Tommie Smith, Derrick Barnes, and Dawud Anyabwile
  • The Dead Are Arising by Les Payne
  • I am Ruby Bridges by Ruby Bridges
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • The Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
  • Stamped: From the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges
  • “Picturing the Past,” Smithsonian Magazine
  • Norman Rockwell America by Reader’s Digest
  • I Have A Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
  • The Source of Self-Regard by Toni Morrison
  • March, Book One by John Lewis

To Watch or Listen:

  • 12 Years A Slave (audiobook)
  • Harriet (DVD)
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (audiobook)

Reserve your copy online, and check out these resources at the library!

External Resources

Black & African American Heritage

Learn more about local organization contributors:

Falls Village Stories

Welcome to Falls Village – Eric Veden

Watch this video to learn more about Falls Village, past and present, produced by Falls Village local, Eric Veden.

Kellogg Elementary Student Podcasts

Kellogg Elementary students have produced podcasts on various aspects of their hometown’s history. You can learn about:

This project is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Connecticut State Library.

Would you like to add to the Village Voices Community Storytelling Pathway? Submit using this form!

Thank you for contributing to Hunt Library's Village Voices Community Storytelling Pathway. To ensure that we can display your submission, please make sure it follows these guidelines:
 
For a physical display, create a vertical 11 x 17 PDF exactly as you want it displayed. This should include a clear title and any text or images you want to include.
 
For a digital display, you can share either:
  • any size PDF that includes stories, images, links to external resources or videos, etc
  • a YouTube video link (the link can be set to private)

You may submit either files up to 100MB or a Youtube video link:

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