Illustrating this point, Koford referred to a time when she went to get a pension report for a Civil War ancestor from the National Archives. "I sat my daughters down and asked them to go through these documents, and I told them to find out anything you can about him: his family, where he was born, where he died, anything they could find. They were not happy about this," Koford said. "But when I came back about a half-hour later, they were poring over these documents and they were excited. All of a sudden, the Civil War had come alive for them. There was someone there telling them a story from [more than] 100 years ago. And when history comes alive, education comes alive."