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HANDS-ON LEARNING: Museum camp brings life to Civil War

June 12, 2014

More than 20 children are learning about the Civil War at the Whitley County Historical Museum’s camp this week. Pictured is camp director Dave Walker (left) demonstrating how a Civil War soldier’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 — 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 museum’s Civil War Camp is currently underway, and more than 20 children between the ages of 10 through 13 are participating.

“I like the drill the best,” said Elijah Barton, 12. “It’s fun to learn all the things that happened in the Civil War and what it was like for the soldiers.”

As part of the camp experience, students enlist in the either the Union or Confederate army and begin learning the history of each side.

“They learn strictly about the Civil War and how it ties to Whitley County,”said Dani Tippmann, director of the museum. “It’s a neat experience because it gives them the chance to learn what happened right here in their community. That’s part of the Civil War they most likely wouldn’t learn in a school textbook.”

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