Lo­cal stu­dents ex­pe­ri­ence live his­tory lessons at Fort Oglethorpe’s 6th Cav­alry Mu­seum

The Catoosa County News - - COMMENTARY - By Adam Cook

Hun­dreds of area stu­dents learned a lit­tle more about his­tory in an exciting way while tak­ing part in the “Remembering Our Heroes” School Day event at Fort Oglethorpe’s 6th Cav­alry Mu­seum.

The two-day event gave stu­dents from Ca­toosa and Walker coun­ties the op­por­tu­nity to not only learn about mil­i­tary his­tory, but al­lowed them to do so from a num­ber of fine ac­tors por­tray­ing his­tor­i­cal fig­ures.

Ac­cord­ing to Mu­seum Direc­tor Chris McKeever, this was the sev­enth year of the event, which is made pos­si­ble through the mu­seum’s part­ner­ship with the Chicka­mauga & Chat­tanooga Na­tional Mil­i­tary Park (C&CNMP).

“The stu­dents spend half their time with us and half the time at the park learn­ing about the Civil War,” McKeever ex­plained. “The kids have a great time with it. We had 1,200 stu­dents from Ca­toosa and Walker coun­ties.”

While at the mu­seum, stu­dents got the chance to learn about his­tory from dif­fer­ent ac­tors por­tray­ing var­i­ous mil­i­tary mem­bers through­out his­tory. The event fea­tured an ex­hibit about Sgt. Alvin York, a fe­male speaker dis­cussing the role women played in World War I, and a World War I sol­dier ex­plain­ing the Army’s use of horses and mules dur­ing war­time.

McKeever says the event is a great way for stu­dents to get a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of his­tory out­side of what they read in a class­room.

“The im­por­tance and why the mu­seum does School Day is to bring our lo­cal mil­i­tary his­tory and her­itage to life for the kids,” she said. “Liv­ing his­to­ri­ans present what the kids need to learn ac­cord­ing to Geor­gia cur­ricu­lum stan­dards, an­swer ques­tions, let them see ar­ti­facts, wear au­then­tic uni­forms and get the kids think­ing about why his­tory is im­por­tant.”

Best of all, the whole ex­pe­ri­ence is free to the stu­dents in­volved.

“The mu­seum doesn’t charge a field trip fee and we, along with the C&CNMP, pro­vide bus grants so that this exciting day of hands on learn­ing is free to at­tend,” McKeever said. “This is an exciting field trip that ac­tively en­gages the boys and girls. I look for­ward to School Day ev­ery year and our liv­ing his­to­ri­ans can’t wait to come back.”

Stu­dents from Ca­toosa and Walker coun­ties lis­ten to speaker Ross Green­wood dis­cuss the Army’s his­tory of us­ing horses and mules dur­ing the an­nual “Remembering Our Heroes” School Day event on Fri­day, Oct. 27 at Fort Oglethorpe’s 6th Cav­alry Mu­seum. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

Stu­dents learn about women’s suf­frage and the right to vote from Han­nah Rexrode dur­ing one of the live his­tory ex­hibits at the 6th Cav­alry Mu­seum. (Ca­toosa News photo/Adam Cook)

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