PBS Wisconsin Education’s popular Wisconsin Biographies collection explores the lives of Wisconsin history-makers through free-to-use, standards-aligned resources for grades 3-6. The latest addition follows the story of Electa Quinney, a Mohican mentor who is known as Wisconsin’s first public school teacher.
Electa’s story shines a light on the broader history of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohicans, including a series of forced removals that eventually led Electa and her community to the area in Wisconsin that is now the present-day home of the Stockbridge-Munsee Community Band of Mohican Indians. With a commitment to generosity, she taught both Native and non-Native students together, helping preserve the Stockbridge Mohicans’ ways of life.
Created in close partnership with the Stockbridge-Munsee Tribal community, the resource includes a short animated video, a digital book, historical images, discussion questions, and an educator guide.
You can also watch the premiere of Electa Quinney: Mohican Teacher and Mentor on PBS Wisconsin tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 7) at approximately 7:55 p.m. (immediately following Finding Your Roots).
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