Jeffco Students Helping History

We suspect everyone is thinking about history this week, thanks to Jeffco high school students (and teachers) across the county who have been protesting a proposal for changes in the Advanced Placement history curriculum (APUSH). They’ve helped raise everyone’s awareness, especially through an active Twitter campaign and intensive media coverage of walkouts and protests.

Billy Westall Monument, photo by Milly Roeder

Billy Westall Monument, photo by Milly Roeder

On the quieter side, students at West Jefferson Middle School have worked more than two years to rescue a forgotten monument, learning a lot about local history in the process. The story of their success is told in the upcoming issue of Historically Jeffco, our annual magazine that will appear at the Hall of Fame event in October, when the students are recognized for their dedication and accomplishment.

JCHC's Bud Weare tells the story of his grandfather, who was Billy Westall's best friend.

JCHC’s Bud Weare tells the story of his grandfather, who was Billy Westall’s best friend.

The Westall Monument was placed along the South Platte River in 1899, one year after a train wreck took the life of engineer Billy Westall. In December 2013, with help from Denver Water, the students oversaw its relocation to a safer, more stable and visible, site. Several JCHC representatives attended the rededication in April 2014. Speeches were made, students read poems they wrote about the area, and a new interpretive sign was displayed.

The students from West Jefferson Middle School started this project as 6th graders and are now 8th graders. Our compliments to all on the successful completion of this impressive project! THANK YOU!!

JCHC representatives Mary Lindsey (chair, left), Milly Roeder (second from left), and Bud Weare (right) at the rededication with Rachel Parrish of Colorado Preservation, Inc.

JCHC representatives Mary Lindsey (chair, left), Milly Roeder (second from left), and Bud Weare (right) at the rededication with Rachel Parrish of Colorado Preservation, Inc.

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2 Responses to Jeffco Students Helping History

  1. Fran Loft says:

    Let’s tell real history and not a sanitized version of the truth. Our students deserve the best education not altered history! Didn’t past groups in history try to do this – yes! This should not be a factor at all in teaching. The U.S. Is behind many countries in test scores and it is not our teachers but the curriculum.

  2. Pat says:

    Thanks so much to all that worked on the Billy Westal Memorial! I’ve read more stories recently about him, so he lives on!

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