Two Govs Seniors to Present at Museum of Old Newbury
Posted 04/21/2017 04:09PM

In May, two Governor’s seniors will present their research papers on historical subjects of local interest at the Museum of Old Newbury.

Jack Norton ’17 and Lia Swiniarski ’17 will present their papers researched and written for their Advanced Placement U.S. History class with Mr. Quigley. See and hear what high school students can make of history by examining original sources as well as scholars' works.

The student symposium will take place on Thursday, May 4 from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at the Museum of Old Newbury in Newburyport, MA. All are welcome and encouraged to attend.

For more information on the student symposium, you may visit the Museum of Old Newbury’s website, here.

"Honorable & Glorious: The Birthplace of America's Navy" by Jack Norton '17

Six different places claim the historic and patriotic distinction of being the birthplace of the U.S. Navy: Skenesborough (now Whitehall), NY; Machias, ME; Providence, RI; Philadelphia, PA; Beverly, MA; Marblehead, MA. But which of those claims is true? Which place, akin to Boston's unrivaled fame as the cradle of American liberty, is the berth of the American Navy? 

Jack Norton, a native of Beverly and a senior at The Governor's Academy, enjoys the outdoors, ceramics, acting, and singing. Jack's research took him to the National Archives, where he was assisted by the Archivist of the U.S.

"Freemasonry's Influence on the Values & Principles of America's Government" by Lia Swiniarski '17

The American Revolution caused divided loyalties between colonial Freemasons. A minority of America’s Founders were Freemasons, but that minority significantly influenced the framing and ratification of the Constitution of the United States, which embodies Freemasonry’s core principles of the brotherhood and equality of all men as well as Masonic concepts of religious toleration, representative democracy, and federalism.

Lia Swiniarski, a lifelong resident of Byfield and now a senior at The Governor's Academy, enjoys history and the humanities as well as photography and community service. Her research included archival materials at the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts in Boston.

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