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  • Cherokees traveilling the Trail of Tears

    In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act which authorized the removal of native tribes living east of the Mississippi River. Many of the tribes had firm roots in their homes in the east and resisted the move West.  Some were removed by military force which resulted in tragic consequences.  This program explores the catastrophe of Indian removal.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Grade level:
    Fourth Grade-Eighth Grade
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture
    National/State Standards:
    Kansas SS Standards One, Four, and Five
    Missouri SS Standards Two and Six
    Keywords:
    trail of tears, Indian Removal, Permanent Indian Frontier, Cherokee Indians
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Better Know A Regiment Field Trip

    General Maney’s soldiers lurking just inside the tree line during the Battle of Stones River.

    Teachers and students will accompany a ranger by bus or foot in search of the path taken by ancestral Civil War regiments during the Battle of Stones River. Prior research by the students using primary sources and historical documents will allow them to actively participate in the program, not just observe. Students will learn the history of their ancestors, the importance of the Battle of Stones River, and experience firsthand a small part of what the soldiers did more than 150 years ago.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Load, Ready, Fire!

    Students pretend to load a Civil War cannon.

    Artillery played a critical role in the Union victory at the Battle of Stones River. Students will learn and practice the drill for firing a Civil War cannon and come closer to understanding the thoughts and emotions of soldiers by experiencing how teamwork and concentration.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Grade level:
    Second Grade-Twelfth Grade
    Subjects:
    Civil War, Engineering, Military and Wartime History, Physical Fitness
    National/State Standards:
    CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.5.1 & 5.3; W.5.2; RI.5.4; L.8.4;  RH.6-8.3 & 6-8.4; SL.8.3 & 8.6; W.8.2.D,8.3.B; MATH.CONTENT.5.MDA.1;TN SS 5.11 (G, H, TN); 5.14 (C, H, P) &
    8.77 (C, E, H, P, TN); 8.80
    Keywords:
    Civil War, Primary Source, teamwork
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Walking the Trail of Tears in middle Tennessee

    Trail of Tears “Original Route” sign along Old Nashville Highway in Murfreesboro, TN

    This program will provide a first-hand opportunity for students to walk the original Trail of Tears at Stones River National Battlefield, learn why the Indian Removal Act of 1830 was passed, and the role native Tennessean Andrew Jackson played in the brutal relocation of over 15,000 people.

    Type:
    Field Trip Program
    Subjects:
    American Indian History and Culture
    National/State Standards:
    CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.4, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.9-10.9, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.2, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.3, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.11-12.7