Trinity's sixth-graders brought the Civil War to life with their annual "living history museum" and they were joined by Civil War re-enactors.
Students began their project a few months ago when they were assigned biographical figures and asked to create a two to four-minute presentation, complete with a storyboard. They prepared a speech and delivered it in character and in costume. All of the Grammar School students visited the Living Museum to hear well-prepared students talk about the people that lived at the time of the Civil War.
Civil War reenactors visited and brought with them several props, including weapons, artillery and a cavalry saddle. Being in costume and in character, the actors described their life in the war, bringing to life history that is typically only read in a book. Firing blanks from their rifles, they demonstrated in living color (and sound) just how loud and smoky the war would have been. Witnessing the re-enactment of life in the 1860s gave students an authentic historical perspective and an experience they could never receive in a classroom. Immersing themselves into these characters and then witnessing the "action" on the battlefield provides an appreciation of the trials and sacrifices American soldiers and their families experienced.
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