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PBS Wisconsin Education Adds Electa Quinney to ‘Wisconsin Biographies’

Tuesday, November 7, 2023
PBS Wisconsin Education Adds Electa Quinney to 'Wisconsin Biographies'
Electa Quinney added to "Wisconsin Biographies" by PBS Wisconsin Education. Still image provided by PBS Wisconsin Education.

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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