The D.O offers a required U.S. History class. Sometimes this course is taught by combining it with Vermont history. Emphasis is placed on important dates and events in U.S. History. Study of Vermont history, important dates, events and historical Vermonters is often augmented with trips to local historical sites.
We travel from September until late October to the Lake Champlain Valley historical sites such as Forts Ticonderoga and Crown Point, and to the Vermont state historic sites such as Mount Independence , Chimney Point, the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum , the Shelburne Boat Yard, and many historic cemeteries.
The class is composed of significant events that have taken place right in our backyard, beginning with native Americans , battles , and settlement of our communities .
Our culminating event for the fall semester is a colonial Thanksgiving which highlights the American Revolution and local events leading Ethan Allen and the Green Mountain Boys to the battle of Valcour Island. Students prepare and serve an authentic Colonial Thanksgiving feast to the entire D.O. Program and perform a skit depicting the history of this area.