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Local History Curriculum Available on Union County Website

Union County, NJ — History teachers and history buffs are invited to use a new online teacher-designed curriculum based on Union County’s 10 Medal of Honor recipients. The curriculum is available on the Union County website,

“As we commemorate the 350thanniversary of the City of Elizabeth and the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, Union County is aiming to raise awareness of 10 extraordinary local heroes who, as soldiers in battle, received the Medal of Honor, the nation’s highest military decoration, for their bravery in combat,” said Freeholder Chairman Christopher Hudak.

Chairman Hudak noted that development of the school curriculum followed the dedication of a permanent monument to the county’s 10 Medal of Honor recipients held on October 25, 2013.

The monument is located within the County government complex in Elizabeth, behind the Union County Courthouse. It faces Elizabethtown Plaza at the corner of Rahway Avenue.

The 10 Medal of Honor recipients range from the Civil War to Vietnam.

Franklin Stebbins of Clark, a history teacher at Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, volunteered to draft the curriculum and worked with the Freeholder Board and Department of Human Services, Office of Veterans Affairs staff, to finalize the develop the curriculum.

Mr. Stebbins is also the Public Relations/PRIDE Chair for the Union County Education Association.

“Teachers and others interested in history may use this online curriculum in whole or in part to generate discussion, conduct research, and engage in special projects,” Chairman Hudak noted.  “We also encourage teachers and all students of history to visit our Medal of Honor memorial site in Elizabeth.”

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