Local Youth Learn From Living History Day

By: Jessica Cunnington Email
By: Jessica Cunnington Email

July 10, 2013

More than 200 kids learned from the history-makers themselves during Virginia Living History Day at the UVa Center for Politics.

Re-enactments from James Monroe, John Rolfe who was Pocohontas' husband and representatives from some of Virginia's Native American tribes let kids ask them questions about what happened or what they've been learning about in school.

The UVa Center for Politics' staff also ran workshops on other parts of U.S. history and Virginia history.

Teachers say this is a one of a kind experience for them even if they're in summer-time mode.

"It's something that they're introduced to in school but then they get to interact with it today," said Brock Hodgson, a teacher at Culpeper County High School. "Which is great because they can see history first-hand which is always what we're trying to do as educators, give them that unique learning experience."

Teachers had their own workshops and lectures on Tuesday about engaging students in civics and leadership in the classroom.

Wednesday's Virginia Living History Day wraps up the 15th annual Virginia Political History Project.

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