In the Spring of 1997, sixth and seventh grade students of Computer Schools I and II on the Upper West Side of Manhattan began a Seneca Village project. For several weeks, the students worked with the Education Department at the New-York Historical Society and Rodger Taylor, a librarian at the New York Public Library, Office of Young Adult Services, to learn about Seneca Village and the history of the early African American presence in nineteenth-century New York City.

The students examined and analyzed primary and secondary sources, such as city records, church records, census data, and so on; they created timelines, took walking tours, and met historians, archaeologists, and conservators of archaeology with the goal of creating original research projects that would be published on the Seneca Village website.

Among the final projects were historical narratives, based on factual evidence and enhanced with a little imagination, a newspaper called The Seneca Source, poetry, illustrations, doll making, and short stories.

Special thanks to all of the students who participated and to their very enthusiastic and progressive faculty members, Steve Siegelbaum, Bob Feinstein, George Franz, Mary Alvord, Mary Foulk, Mike Tempel, Dana Tessel, Sheila Tilly, and Felix Gil, who made innovative approaches to learning interesting and fun for all involved in the project. We also wish to thank Allan Torrey, a parent who generously gave of his time and advice in helping us launch the initial website.