xml:space="preserve">
xml:space="preserve">
Advertisement
Advertisement

Farm Museum to host School of the Soldier event for children

Confederate troops advance towards a Union position during the Civil War Living History Reenactment at the Carroll Count Farm Museum in Westminster Saturday, May 2, 2015.
Confederate troops advance towards a Union position during the Civil War Living History Reenactment at the Carroll Count Farm Museum in Westminster Saturday, May 2, 2015. (DAVE MUNCH/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

Looking for a way to educate youngsters about Civil War history, re-enactor Bill McElwee approached the Carroll County Farm Museum to help organize a School of the Soldier. The inaugural event, for children ages 10 to 13, will be held Saturday, April 30, at the museum in Westminster.

"It's going to be an exciting, fun, unforgettable learning experience," McElwee said.

Advertisement

Farm Museum Director Joanne Weant said the School of the Soldier fits well with the organization's educational mission.

"The great thing about this program is its very hands-on," Weant explained. "They will start with a muster and be divided up into sides so two kids that came together might end up on different sides just like during the Civil War."

Advertisement
Advertisement

McElwee, of Sparrows Point, said participants will perform many of the same duties as a Civil War soldier. Re-enactors will teach students how to march, how to handle their weapons and how to set up a camp.

"It's great for any child with an interest in history," McElwee said. "Part of what we do as reenactors is try to keep the history alive."

McElwee, who portrays a colonel in the 2nd Battalion Army of Northern Virginia, said children cannot participate in re-enactments until they are 14 and cannot take the field with a weapon until they're 16. However, at the end of the April 30 event, participants will partake in a simulated battle scrimmage that their parents can watch.

Re-enactor Jim Burke, of Gettysburg, is part of the school's organizational committee and said he believes the event will appeal to a variety of children.

Advertisement

"They'll get to be with other kids their age and be outside," Burke said. "If they're interested history, it will be a great learning experience."

Burke said he hopes participants will develop the same camaraderie he experiences during re-enactment encampments.

"All kinds of people do this hobby. You meet a lot of interesting people," Burke said.

410-857-7873

twitter.com/MichelElben

If you go

What: School of the Soldier

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 30

Where: Carroll County Farm Museum, 500 S. Center St., Westminster

Cost: $25 per child

Includes lunch and commemorative T-shirt. For ages 10-13. Register by April 22 by calling 800-654-4645.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement