Digging Into History


The first German offensive against American troops during World War One took place on April 20, 1918 in the village of Seicheprey. It was Connecticut troops from the 102nd Infantry Regiment that came under attack that morning as the German forces tried to teach the newly arrived Americans a lesson. The battle raged throughout the day with heavy losses on both sides and the village was destroyed.

After the war Connecticut citizens collected $5000 to help rebuild the water supply and installed a fountain with a plaque in the town square. A bond had been forged between Connecticut and Seicheprey and this year, on the 100th anniversary of this battle, that bond was reaffirmed.

Digging Into History will strengthen that bond by bringing 15 Connecticut high school students to Seicheprey to take part in a community service project to clear and restore a section of the trenches Connecticut soldiers occupied, with the goal of creating a historic attraction to help spur tourism in the region. Students will work with 15 French students to clear vegetation from the trenches, re-dig sections and restore the trenches to how they appeared 100 years ago.

But don’t worry – it’s not all work! Students will have plenty of time to experience French culture! Activities such as cooking classes, day trips to museums, hikes and other activities are planned! Plus we’ll be in France to learn about and celebrate Bastille Day! After presenting their work to the community we’ll head Paris for four days where we’ll see the sights and visit the Assembleé Nationale and Sénat.

When: July 6-26, 2019

Who: Any Connecticut student entering grades 11 or 12 in the 2019/2020 school year.

Application Process:The application consists of two 250-word essays and a 700-word essay.

You’ll also need to provide two letters of recommendation from teachers, coaches, school personnel, church leaders, or other community members.

Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on January 20, 2019

Cost:$3406 which includes

  • Transfer from Connecticut to airport
  • Roundtrip Airfare to France
  • Transportation to/from Seicheprey
  • 19 nights lodging
  • Breakfast, lunch & dinner in Seicheprey
  • Breakfast & dinner in Paris
  • Activities & admission fees
  • Metro tickets in Paris
  • Standard protection
  • Liability coverage

This does NOT include:

  • Passport fees
  • Lunch in Paris
  • Spending money
  • Enhanced or comprehensive protection plans

A $500 non-refundable deposit is due within 10 days of acceptance.

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Will there be any scholarships available?

Yes! We have identified several community foundations around the state that are willing to provide scholarship funds to students from their giving areas. Once applications are in we’ll apply scholarship funding where we can, so if your community foundation is offering a scholarship, we’ll apply it to your account.
We also have scholarship funds available for students who have a relative (parent, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, or great-grandparent) who served in the 102d Infantry Regiment. To be eligible for these funds you need to indicate your relative, dates of service and relationship on the application.