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Historic Camden hosts all of Kershaw County’s 3rd Graders

Annual History Days Program brings the 18th century to life

Posted: October 10, 2018 4:18 p.m.
Updated: October 12, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Historic Camden Revolutionary War Site welcomed more than 700 3rd Graders from all over Kershaw County as part of its annual History Days program, Oct. 4 and 5. For 25 years, each elementary school in the Kershaw County School District sends its third graders to the museum to supplement the South Carolina history curriculum standards for that grade.

“Our interactive living history demonstrations make our Colonial and Revolutionary War history come to life for each child,” Historic Camden Executive Director Halie Brazier said.

Students learn military drill commands, they write with a quill pen, dance English Country Dancing steps, and watch blacksmiths make metal goods in the forge.

“The students got to try on kid-sized Revolutionary War military uniforms as well as clothes an average lady and gentleman would wear,” Brazier said.

About 20 volunteers and staff members man nine different stations so that the students have a variety of fun and educational activities. Most of the presenters are dressed in period clothing to enhance the authenticity of the demonstrations.

“This long-running program is a favorite of Historic Camden’s because it is an important way to reach children in Kershaw County we may not otherwise reach. Many children do not know we have such rich history here in their own back yard,” Brazier said.

For more information about other Historic Camden programming and special events, visit www.historiccamden.org or like the Facebook page, www.facebook.com/historic.camden/.

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