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Gettysburg Vodcasts

by fifer1863 on July 15, 2013

“Middle School Students Create Vodcasts about

Civil War History in Gettysburg”

By Shuan Butcher, Director of Communications — Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership

Now that the dust has settled from the 150th commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg, how doe the stories continue to be told for and by the next generation of leaders, historians, educators, and preservationists? Approximately 260 seventh-grade students at Gettysburg Area Middle School hopefully has an answer, as they have taken a different approach over the past year to learn about the history that took place right in their own community. They are part of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s nationally award-winning Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student® service-learning project, a groundbreaking initiative that engages middle-school students in interpreting the history within their own backyards. The students use primary source documents, humanities scholarship, music, dance, dramatic readings, role-playing and digital technology to create vodcasts or mini-movies for Gettysburg National Military Park. From beginning to end, the students serve as scriptwriters, actors, directors, choreographers, set designers, costume creators, videographers, and film editors to gain a deeper connection with our national history.

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They ultimately created six vodcasts on topics such as the Gettysburg battle, its legacy, civilian life, and the African-American experience, including: Signal Corps, Barlow and Gordon, Sculptor Gutzon Borgium, Markers in Time, Shriver Family and the Black Ducks. The students premiered their vodcasts at the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s annual conference, with filmmaker Ric Burns providing keynote remarks and addressing the student’s work directly. The vodcasts debuted in time for the 150th anniversary commemoration of the Battle of Gettysburg and will become official interpretative material for the National Park Service. They can also be viewed on YouTube, SchoolTube, Comcast on Demand, Teachinghistory.org, hallowedground.org, and other sites.

The Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student® program has engaged students at E. Russell Hicks and Springfield Middle Schools in Maryland; Stonewall Middle School, Smart’s Mill Middle School, and Sutherland Middle School in Virginia; as well as Harpers Ferry Middle School in West Virginia. The resulting mini-movies have become part of the official interpretative material for the National Park Service, including Manassas National Battlefield Park, Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, Antietam National Battlefield and C & O Canal National Historical Park. In addition the JTHG Partnership has brought the program to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, VA and Ball’s Bluff Battlefield Regional Park in Leesburg, VA.

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Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student has been recognized by the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, won the 2010 WOW Award from the American Association for State and Local History, and received the 2009 Freeman Tilden Award, in recognition of “outstanding contributions to interpretation or education at a National Park”. The award is designed to recognize interpreters that develop, revitalize or deliver an innovative, pioneering or otherwise worthy interpretive or educational program. For more information about the Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student® project, or the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, or to see the vodcasts, visit www.HallowedGround.org/education.

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The First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg

by fifer1863 on July 2, 2013

We had the unique opportunity to be invited to join author JD Petruzzi at the First Shot Marker that commemorates the start of the Battle of Gettysburg.  What made it extra special was that we were there, on that spot where 150 years ago Marcellus Jones fired that first shot of the battle.

First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg Monument

So CJ grabbed our copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and she shared his excitement about the event and recorded a section from JD’s book.

Here are some photos of the monument:

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Author JD Petruzzi

 

First Shot of the Battle of Gettysburg Monument

If you are like me and enjoy exploring the Gettysburg battlefield (especially with kids), I highly recommend JD’s book: The Complete Gettysburg Guide

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Antietam YouTube Videos

by fifer1863 on September 13, 2012

With the upcoming 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Antietam you might want to go check out their YouTube Channel and learn more about the battle.

Here is one that provides an overview of the events of September 17, 1862:

 

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Dinosaur Footprints on the Gettysburg Battlefield

May 21, 2012

This is the last in this series of videos from our recent trip to Gettysburg.  What a great day, can’t wait to get back there with the kids. In this video Jacob (with help from his brother Josh) is finding dinosaur footprints in Gettysburg.   The following is from “Dinosaur Footprints on the Plum Run […]

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Learning about Father Corby

May 21, 2012

Here is another video in this series of video blog posts where my family is exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every time we go to Gettysburg and this time we learned several new things. In this video Josh  is teaching us about Father Corby:   […]

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Culp’s Hill in Gettysburg and General George Greene

May 19, 2012

This is the 4th in another series of video blog posts where my family is exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every time we go to Gettysburg and this time we learned several new things. In this video  Sarah is talking about the fighting on Culp’s […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings on Culp’s Hill Part 2

May 18, 2012

This is the 3rd in another series of video blog posts where my family is exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every time we go to Gettysburg and this time we learned several new things. In this video Jacob (with help from his sister Sarah) is […]

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Exploring the Getttysburg Battlefield – Spangler’s Spring

May 16, 2012

This is the 2nd in another series of video blog posts where my family is exploring the Gettysburg Battlefield.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every time we go to Gettysburg and this time we learned several new things. In this video Josh is teaching us about Spangler’s Spring at […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings on Culp’s Hill

May 15, 2012

As my older son CJ was attending a Boy Scout event in Westminster, MD my family decided to do our favorite thing and spend the day exploring Gettysburg.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our […]

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Creating Then and Now Images

May 7, 2012

Recently I have been creating some Then and Now images of the Gettysburg Battlefield where I take an original image from the Library of Congress and combine it with a modern version from the same (or close to) camera angle.   Here is a how to video that I created on how you can create […]

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Gettysburg Rock Carvings with Sarah

March 23, 2012

It was a beautiful here in central Pennsylvania last weekend so we decided to head to Gettysburg for the day.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every […]

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Exploring Big Round Top with CJ

March 20, 2012

It was a beautiful here in central Pennsylvania last weekend so we decided to head to Gettysburg for the day.  In addition to packing a lunch, we grabbed my copy of The Complete Gettysburg Guide and my Flip video camera and set off.  As you know our family goal is to learn something new every […]

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An Interview with Gary Adelman

March 12, 2012

Here is a short video I did with Gary Adelman who is the Director of History and Education for the Civil War Trust.  I shot this video a while back and just found it so I thought I would share.      

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Civil War Card Games – Faro

March 7, 2012

I filmed this video last summer in Gettysburg and never got around to editing it and uploading until now.  In the video the soldier is showing us how to play Faro which is a period card game. According to Wikipedia, Faro came to the US in the 19th century to become the most widespread and popularly […]

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Gettysburg’s Eternal Peace Light Memorial with CJ

July 16, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ teaching us about one of the more popular sites in Gettysburg, the Eternal Peace Light Memorial.  This monument is located on Oak Hill in Gettysburg.  Confederate forces marched toward Gettysburg and the Union lines from behind the monument where CJ is sitting.   The base relief is said […]

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Learning about the “Trough Rock” in Gettysburg with CJ

July 14, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ teaching us about one of the less popular sites in Gettysburg known as the “Trough Rock”. This rock is located in the “Slaughter Pen” or “Valley of Death” near Devil’s Den.     Here is the photo of the horse drinking from the rock: Here is a […]

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Unknown Graves in the Soldiers National Cemetery

June 5, 2011

Here is a video of my son Josh learning about the the 979 Unknown Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg     Sarah is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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Gettysburg Soldier’s National Cemetery

June 3, 2011

Here is a video of my daughter Sarah (aka @civilwarsallie) learning about the Soldier’s National Cemetery in Gettysburg     Sarah is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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Gettysburg Generals Hancock and Reynolds

June 1, 2011

Here is a video of my son CJ learning about the monuments to General Hancock and Reynolds in Gettysburg   CJ is reading from THE COMPLETE GETTYSBURG GUIDE by JD Petruzzi  

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Civil War historians video collection

February 28, 2011

Just a quick post to provide you with a link to a great collection of videos related to the Civil War.  The Teaching Future Historians website has a wide range of videos that you can download and use in your classroom.  The topics of the videos range from Abraham Lincoln to Civil War era religion […]

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