Summer Vacation and the Civil War Sesquicentennial

Gettysburg Address PrintDid you know that 2011 is the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War? It provides a great opportunity for educational family fun this summer with reenacting and other events happening all over the country.

Living history is a great way to get kids excited about their own history. Reenactors and local history groups are pulling out the stops this year and will be on-hand to answer questions and demonstrate what it was like to live in the late 1800’s as well as how it felt in the trenches.

Check out for events, podcasts and more. For those battlefields that are under the domain of the National Park Service, it’s well worth picking up one of their 25th anniversary passports so the kids can get stamps from the places they’ve visited. Or create your own “passport to history” and make a game of these summer-long activities.

So whether you’re into full-fledged battle reenactments, urban stories and events, or biographical museums on the key players, there’s something fun happening all over the country, all summer long.

Also check out this 20 page pdf courtesy of Civil War Journeys.

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