Teachers: Civil War re-enactors offer Sept. 16 student day

Release Date: 
9/1/2016

Douglas County teachers who are looking for a history experience their students can see, hear and touch might want to consider visiting the Sept. 16 School Day that’s part of a three-day Civil War re-enactment at Mildred Kanipe Memorial Park in Oakland.

Presented by the Northwest Civil War Council, the event allows students to tour the camps, watch and participate in demonstrations. More than 400 re-enactors appear as Union and Confederate soldiers, civilians, doctors, cooks, horsemen, blacksmiths, seamstresses and many others who pitch tents and live the life of Americans during the Civil War.

Organizers say the event allows students to see and feel what it was like during this crucial period of U.S. history. At the end of the day, students may see a small skirmish between the North and South – and may be involved in a battle themselves.

Students can also visit the park’s English Settlement School, constructed in 1910 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007. The school, which Mildred attended with her sister, Leah, is undergoing renovation.

Civil War School Day takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at the park, which is 7 miles northwest of Oakland, at 16513 Elkhead Road. Parking is free; a voluntary donation of $2 per student is requested. Children should bring a sack lunch.   

For information or to reserve a spot for your school or students, contact Event Coordinator Ron Rogers at rebelron911@hotmail.com.  To see photos of past events, visit the nonprofit group’s website at http://www.civilwaroregon.com

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