American History Comes to Life This Weekend

By: Audrey Pernik Email
By: Audrey Pernik Email

October 4, 2007

A recent report says college students could stand to brush up on their history. Overall college freshman scored a D-plus on a civic literacy test.

With Columbus Day right around the corner, there's never a better time for students young and old to learn American history.

Lt. James Bond with the Albemarle County Police Department and organizer of the 11th annual Great American History Weekend, hopes to put an interactive spin on a traditionally painstaking process.

"We have a group of women that come out and do a program on the Salvation Army of Word War I. They'll actually cook original recipes," explains Bond.

This years Great American History Weekend will bring 400 years of civic and military history to life with re-enactments that will impress even those self-described history buffs.

"We have everything from the Jamestown period to the present."

From rare artifacts and paintings to a capuchin monkey named Miss Joy that is trained to grab coins from your hand, there will be something for everyone this weekend.

There is a nominal fee to get in. All pro proceeds will support the Charlottesville Albemarle Youth Orchestra.

Money will also be allocated to aid the family of a former Albemarle County police officer who was killed last August.

The event goes from 9-5 Saturday and Sunday.

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