HIGH POINT, N.C., May 7, 2019 – High Point University Service Learning students shared their research experiences with the public during their final presentation of the history of the Congregational United Church of Christ.
The church, a traditionally African-American church, has been part of the city of High Point’s community since 1890. The students spent the entire semester researching its history and unveiled their new exhibit at the High Point Museum on May 6.
“Throughout the semester, I focused on the life of Rev. J.T. Stanley and his wife, Kathryn Stanley,” said Corinne King, a junior political science major. “I found information about their influence in the creation of CUCC, and what was most beneficial was interviewing their granddaughter, Rev. Natalie McLean.”
HPU students have spent a great deal with members of the community attending services, community potlucks and interviewing members for the exhibit. Students have also interviewed community members outside the church and conducted extensive archival research for their project.
“This class helped me to explore the idea of a growth mindset,” said King. “This was one of the most impactful experiences in my political science career.”
“The conversations that emerged out of tonight’s event show the power that service learning classes can have in creating bonds among students, faculty and community members,” said Dr. Paul Ringel, associate professor of history.
The exhibit will be on display at the High Point Museum through the end of this month and will be donated to the Congregational United Church of Christ.