WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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and the Denton family. The students learned that the butterflies were about 100 years old, and that they were extremely light-sensitive and fragile. The students broke up into groups, and the butterflies were uncovered. Each student was able to view every butterfly, and play an identification game. Without touching them, the students decided which butterflies displayed characteristics related to the defense strategies they learned about. The children were amazed at the colors, sizes, and shapes of the butterflies, and that they still looked so good after 100 years! While the Denton brothers most likely did not have education in mind when they were collecting these specimens, over 400 students were able to benefit from the butterfly collec- tion this year. Since 1925 the Wellesley Historical Society has been collecting and caring for historical treasures that tell the stories of Wellesley's past. Though the artifacts are being cared for while they're on the Society's shelves, the real purpose of collecting these treasures is so that members of the community can learn from them. This collaboration with the Wellesley schools allowed the students not only to gain an understanding of a historical Wellesley family, their business and their collection, but also to incorporate history into a science les- son. This interdisciplinary activity will pave the way for many more years of collaboration between the Wellesley Public Schools and the Wellesley Historical Society. It is the hope of both the Society and the schools that the col- lections housed within the walls of the Wellesley Historical Society will be able to teach Wellesley's students about the commu- nity's past, and provide insight into subjects they're learning. 56 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up [ forum ] FOR MORE INFORMATION about the Wellesley Historical Society and its collections, visit www.wellesleyhistoricalsociety.org or call 781.235.6690.

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