What is the Capstone Project?

By studying the past, we can help explain the present. When students make these connections between the past and the present, they are better equipped to carry on importance traditions of civic pride and responsibility.

Telling and sharing stories of identity, home, and our communities offer pathways and processes for finding belonging. An intergenerational oral history project offers the opportunity for young people and older generations to connect while documenting narratives that may otherwise be lost to the next generation.

Knowing how to read and reconstruct the past allows us to develop a historical perspective and to answer questions such as: How do ideas make a nation from an economic, cultural, social, or political perspective? Which kinds of ideas are most important to the building of a nation and why?

“The Legacy Project” seeks to build a global community of outstanding leaders through specific curriculum designed for civic engagement, research, and learning. Embedded ongoing activities including service learning and reflective journaling throughout the year help to support growth and learning. 

This project combines the core curriculum with an intergenerational approach. Not only will the students use their foundational courses, but will also learn how to develop interview questions and skills to create and share the stories they are learning. “The Legacy Project” is focusing, in part, on the sacrifice and service so many have given to ensure the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. This begins with the study of other countries and the freedoms they may or may not have. The students will study the history of wars and conflicts and the impact they have had on our lives today. This not only includes individual research, but intergenerational discussion with guest speakers in large group and one-on-one interviews. 

The students will take the knowledge they have learned throughout their careers at St. Paul’s along with the experiences and knowledge gained through “The Legacy Project” to begin to focus on how they can answer the question “What difference can I make?” “The Legacy Project” celebrates the end of the project with a trip to Washington D.C. so the students can experience the monuments, museums, and sites first hand that they have studied. The experiences the students have with their intergenerational partners give them different perspectives into the sites they visit.