Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Civil War fought again as history lesson

Saturday, May 24, 2008
BY Malcolm Hall

LOUISVILLE Standing a few feet away from a roaring cannon, eighth-grader Hayden Perreault and his classmates got an up-close look at America's bloodiest conflict. As a part of their history curriculum, Louisville Middle School eighth-graders spent time outside the school observing encampments staged by Civil War buffs who are part of enactment groups.

"This is way better," Hayden, 14, said. "You are doing stuff instead of listening. I like seeing all the weapons and stuff."

And presenting students with a chance to experience the Civil War on Friday was the purpose of the middle school's Annual Civil War Day. The event featured table displays of weapons and bullets used by the Union and Confederate forces during the war, which raged from 1861 to 1865.

History teacher Ray Klein is the prime organizer of the event, which aims "to bring history alive for the kids," he said. "Instead of me lecturing them or watching a video or books, they get a hands-on experience, see the artifacts, handle them."

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