American History Comes to Life at Middle School

Re-enactment of Civil War drillAn American history lesson came to life for grade 7 students at Voorheesville Middle School. Members of the 125th New York Volunteer Regimental Association set up a living history encampment on school grounds on June 2 to teach students about the Civil War.

Civil War re-enactor talks to a group of students.Students were divided into different “companies” for Civil War Day and rotated through a series of learning stations ranging from a medical tent to a drill station. Re-enactors led the workshops and taught students about the life of a soldier and their families through a hands-on approach. Students could handle clothing articles, taste typical food at an encampment, and participate in a drill based on historical records of soldier life.

Woman and teen dressed in Civil War era clothing.Woman and teen dressed in Civil War era clothing.