How did your town/city get its name?

Every year, third graders at the Manchester Memorial School in Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts study their town in their By the Sea unit. As part of this community based project the students research the history of their town’s name. During their research students have become curious about how other towns/cities around the world received their names. Here is their request to you:


Dear Friend,

Curious George is curious about how your town got its name! Our third graders, in their community lesson, learn about the naming of our town, originally Jeffrey’s Creek and now Manchester-by-the-Sea.

If you would like to participate in this online project you only need to send us an email with your town’s name, state, how the town got its name and a digital image of an icon of your town.

We are going to pose Curious George at a place called Tuck’s Point. Please feel free to send a picture of any geographical site, monument, memorial, building, etc. that you feel invokes a feeling of pride in your town.

The following website will store all of the feedback we get from across the United States and have information about our town.

Please visit and share this information with anyone else. We are really excited about this project and will use the results in a variety of ways.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

We are,
Pat Fleming
Jane Foye
Lynne Stasiak
Paul Clark
Jenna Seymour
From the Manchester Memorial School,
Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts


So far, seven states from across the United States have contributed research and pictures. Not surprisingly, the inquisitive Curious George has made his way into many of the photos that students have included with their research. This sounds like a great project. Please consider participating and/or sharing this request with your colleagues.

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