"Relics of Civilization"
Students will examine the experience of Union prisoners of war through the items they brought, made, traded, and stole. From buttons to bread, common items could mean the difference between life and death for these men. Students will study items and discuss how prisoners might adapt these items in unique ways to meet their daily needs. Students will be asked to consider whether they would have made the right trades, saved the best resources or pursued the jobs that would either have saved or shortened their lives as prisoners.
This 50 minute activity is intended for younger students up to the fifth grade and mixed-grade homeschool and distance-learning groups.
55 Students or fewer
"Roll of Honor"
Students will examine the experience of Union prisoners of war through items, ideas, and locations that defined their captivity, and discover what made the prison at Andersonville infamous. This program involves hands-on learning as students discover the top three causes of death through using touch, smell, and visual aids. Through using a mixture of science and history, students will discuss how living conditions within the prison affected the lives of prisoners.
This 50 minute activity is designed for sixth to eighth grades.
55 students or fewer
"Life and Death in a Rebel Prison"
Students will explore the experiences of Union prisoners of war during the Civil War. Students will receive a prisoner profile card with the details of a real Civil War soldier. Throughout the program they will be asked to consider things from the perspective of their historical identity. This outdoor walking tour will address prison life, including harsh conditions and methods of survival. At the end of the program, students will discover what happened to their historical prisoner.
This 50 minute activity is designed for ninth through twelfth grades.
55 Students or fewer; minimum of 25 participants required