High school students are traveling back in time, researching historic buildings, and they have made an important discovery: old buildings tell the story of a city
In a collaborative project with the city of Waterloo Iowa, 40 juniors from Matt Schweizer’s history classes at Gibault Catholic High School researched historic buildings in that city and are presenting their findings to the public.
“We are going to talk about the process we went through and what we found interesting about the buildings,” junior Laura Kimlinger said.
Initially, Mayor Tom Smith was having staff research the buildings. When the project became too overwhelming combined with the regular duties of the employees, he turned to Schweizer and his students for help.
Schweizer developed the lesson plans for the semester long project over the summer. The research project replaced the term paper that students usually write.
“This was one of those once-in-a-decade opportunities you have to jump on when you can, and make it work,” he said.