Helene and Stanley Schlesinger interviewed by Tess Hartman

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Date: Time Period: 1920-2011
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:16087
Description: Helene Schlesinger describes attending the 1939 New York World's Fair as a child. She recalls how the site of the fair used to be a garbage dump. She remembers the trains coming in from Kew Gardens, a ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920-2001
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:16088
Description: Helene Schlesinger remembers a great many details about the 1939 World's Fair, which she attended frequently as an eight-year-old child. She would take the train to the fair from Kew Gardens with her ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920-2001
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:16089
Description: Helene Schlesinger recalls Queens College in 1948, when she was a student there. There was no library, only a prefabricated building. She used to sit out and read on the lawn, and remembers that there ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920-2001
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:16140
Description: Helene Schlesinger describes going back to graduate school at Queens College in 1966, and then began her teaching career in 1971. She taught reading, and then taught 5th and 6th grade. Then she taught ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920-2001
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:16141
Description: When Mrs. Schlesinger first started teaching, African American children were bused in from South Jamaica Queens. She taught at P.S. 219, where busing happened as well. She felt it was sad that since t ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920-2001
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:16142
Description: Mrs. Schlesinger taught many new immigrants from Afghanistan, Russia, and South America in her 5th grade classroom. There was a "pull-out" program for English language lessons during part of the day, ... More
Date: Time Period: 1920-2001
Type: Oral history
Identifier: aql:16143
Description: The Schlesingers describe how you could not go to CUNY unless you lived in city, and had to have a high grade point average. It was $18 for tuition, and you bought your own books. Mrs. Schlesinger rem ... More
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