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Civil War Reenactment Visits 5th Grade Students

Fine Arts News ON Aug 13, 2010

 On June 11th, the 95th New York Volunteer Infantry Reenactment Group visited Maple Hill to provide the fifth grade students with a real life historical experience.  The 95th NYSV is a New York based reenacting group made up of individuals portraying Union Army Soldiers from New York's 95th Volunteer Infantry Regiment and the 1860's civilians.  This group also includes Maple Hill's own McKensie Arns, a 3rd grade student in Ms. Mishk's class; Riley Arns, a second grade student from Truman Moon; and their parents Mr. and Mrs. Arns.

During the day, fifth grade students moved through six stations to learn about Union Army camp life, Union Army Uniforms, Civil War weapons, Civil War Officers and period cooking, Civil War civilians, and  Civil War ear children's clothing. The then participated in an interactive activity where students were organized as a Union Army Regiment, with each class making up a company.  Student were giving color-coded, each color signifying a different fate of the student as a soldier, wounded, survived, died of disease, etc.  This simulation activity is a way of showing the attrition that happened to the average Union Army Regiment and gives the students an idea of the heavy the toll of the 4 years of conflict took on our country.  

Best of all, the 95th Regiment contributed to our students' learning by donating their services to our school.


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