Harpswell Coastal Academy Students Hear Stories of the Sea

VOTSAllyTameka_RuthWeeks_phRecently Harpswell Coastal Academy (HCA) students spent time at Harpswell Heritage Land Trust (HHLT) engaging with an oral history project called, “Voices of the Sea.”

High school students at HCA interviewed local residents about how the ocean has shaped their lives and their community. Students heard from a wide variety of voices, including fishermen, sailors and clammers. Voices of the Sea is a collaborative project of HHLT and HCA.

VOTSPaigeTaylor_CharlieGail“Voices of the Sea taught me how to better communicate by asking questions and listening carefully. Because of this project, in case I ever choose to become a reporter or journalist, I’ll have the experience to back me up even before I graduate high school,” said HCA student Noah Pertel.

The public is welcome to experience the Voices of the Sea project at a celebration and display of the project. The display opens on Wed., March 4, 6:30-8 p.m. Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road. The snow date is March 5. Stories will also be posted online.

“Coming to learn about ‘Voices of the Sea’ can give people a chance to see what our school does best…teaching and learning through real-life experiences, not in front of a computer, but out in the field with locals who have important things to say. Through my interview, I learned a lot about the lobstering business and how laws have changed to protect the industry,” said HCA student Anthony Howard.