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Our Marathon Lesson Plan for High School (9-12)

Oral history is both a critical methodology for the historian and a valuable pedagogical tool for the social studies/history teacher. Students will practice literacy, writing, and speaking and listening skills from their engagement with and assessment of oral histories related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.

Bruce Mendelsohn - Oral History

In Bruce Mendelsohn's powerful interview, he explains the events of Marathon Monday and how he was able to help Victoria McGrath, a 20-year-old student who was hurt at the finish line. Bruce reflects on life, faith, community, and rugby as he tells his touching stories. Here is Bruce being interviewed by oral historian, Jane Guberman.

Victoria McGrath - Oral History

Thanks to the hard work of Potoula Tournas, a Northeastern University student who is working with the archive as part of an advanced writing course, we were able to conduct an oral history with Victoria McGrath, pictured here. Victoria was standing by Sugary Haven when the first bomb went off, and shrapnel from the pressure cooker almost fatally…

McGrath and Tournas - Oral History

Thanks to the hard work of Potoula Tournas (right), a Northeastern University student who is working with the archive as part of an advanced writing course, we were able to conduct an oral history with Victoria McGrath (left), another Northeastern student who was injured at the finish line. This photo was taken shortly after Victoria's interview. …