The Woodhall School will be hosting a viewing of the film Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said No to the Nazis on Sunday, January 20 at 2 p.m. in the Abigail J. Woodhall Performing Arts Theatre at 58 Harrison Lane, Bethlehem. The documentary recently premiered to an audience of 900 this past November. The film covers the events of 1937 when the people of Southbury stood up against the American Nazi movement who wanted to establish a training camp in Southbury. Seating is limited and tickets may be reserved by visiting woodhall.eventbrite.com or calling the Woodhall School main office at 203-266-7788. Tickets are free.
The documentary viewing and an exhibit are being sponsored through the Community Service program at The Woodhall School in the spirit of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. "I envision the event to be a place where we can confront and comprehend complex historical and current issues," said Bryan Dunn, Community Service Coordinator and teacher at Woodhall, "and think deeply about our role as a citizen in our community."
The film has been created by award winning filmmaker Scott Sniffen under the auspices of the Southbury Historical Society working in close collaboration with the Southbury Clergy, Town of Southbury, community organizations and local businesses.
During this same time, Woodhall will be featuring a small exhibit, "Choosing to Participate" that will be on view in the Poole Gallery. The Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has partnered with the educational organization Facing History and Ourselves to increase access to the themes and content presented in its national initiative “Choosing to Participate” with a set of posters designed to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect, and participation in classrooms and communities.
The posters present the experiences of individuals and communities, explore the impact of cultural differences, and encourage viewers to consider the consequences of everyday choices—to discover how “little things are big”—and to make a difference in their own communities. Special thanks to the Walmart Foundation, the National Sponsor of "Choosing to Participate." Support for distribution to Teaching Tolerance is made possible by the Malka Fund.
Bryan Dunn can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Woodhall School is located at 58 Harrison Lane, Bethlehem, CT. Their web site is www.woodhallschool.org.