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The Civil War begins again next week

on May 10, 2011

No, this isn’t a post about how we are divided as a nation (although we truly are) but rather an explanation of why I haven’t been blogging around as much.  I am on the committee for our middle school’s Civil War en-enactments, which occur next week, and so I have been busy scheduling teams and finding parent volunteers.  Tuesday is the encampment, where some students take on the role of a Civil War era person, and the other students get to watch.  There’s a campfire and stories to cap the night.  Then on Friday is the Ball, where the girls are in hoop skirts and they do the Virginia Reel and the boys in the Union or Confederate uniforms to some maneuvers.  My daughter is in the play as one of the narrators, too.  Some very cool stuff, the kids always look forward to it, and hopefully learn something important.

7 responses to “The Civil War begins again next week

  1. Steve says:

    Sounds fun. No better way to understand our past than to relive it in some fashion.

  2. BB-Idaho says:

    Wow, school sounds more fun all the time!..suppose hoop skirts will EVER come back?

  3. Doug says:

    A couple of my friends at work are regulars at reenactments. They are a really fun way to learn about and appreciate our history!

  4. Dave Miller says:

    Have fun with it Beth…

  5. BB-Idaho says:

    Now I'm looking forward forthe 'final report'!

  6. Civil War Period dances are so much fun! My mother-in-law, before Alzheimer's interfered, used to participate regularly with her dance partner in Civil War re-enactments and perform those dances in various venues, including at schools. Her costumes were fantastic! As a professional seamstress, she really knew how to create those dresses.

  7. Beth says:

    The cool thing our school district does AOW is that the students themselves are doing the re-enactments. Last night was the encampment, that was the part I was co-chair for, working in conjunction with the social studies teachers to pull it off (the night culminated with a cannon being shot off, that was a big hit!) About 40 students did the re-enactments while their fellow classmates watched. They did a superb job!Friday is the big ball where all the boys wear uniforms and all the girls the big hoop skirts and fancy dresses. I may have to post pictures from that.

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