More than 20 children are learning about the Civil War at the Whitley County Historical Museumâ€™s camp this week. Pictured is camp director Dave Walker (left) demonstrating how a Civil War soldierâ€™s gun could also be used as a club in battle. Assisting in the demonstration are campers Nathan Banning, 12, and Elijah Barton, 12 (right).
COLUMBIA CITY â€” For six years the Whitley County Historical Museum has taken the Civil War out of the history books to deliver an interactive, hands-on learning experience for children.
The museumâ€™s Civil War Camp is currently underway, and more than 20 children between the ages of 10 through 13 are participating.
â€śI like the drill the best,â€ť said Elijah Barton, 12. â€śItâ€™s fun to learn all the things that happened in the Civil War and what it was like for the soldiers.â€ť
As part of the camp experience, students enlist in the either the Union or Confederate army and begin learning the history of each side.
â€śThey learn strictly about the Civil War and how it ties to Whitley County,â€ťsaid Dani Tippmann, director of the museum. â€śItâ€™s a neat experience because it gives them the chance to learn what happened right here in their community. Thatâ€™s part of the Civil War they most likely wouldnâ€™t learn in a school textbook.â€ť
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