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Washington State Outreach

Public Schools:

Number of Students: 989,087;

Schools: 2,389; 

Districts: 295

Curriculum: Washington State standards allow for living history topics for each grade.  In 1st, 2nd & 3rd grades, we present basic family & community life, Washington’s early life & the continental soldier.  18th Century American History is taught in the 4th & 5th grades.  The 6th – 8th Grades are open to more detailed history.   We find that direct contact with the classroom or social studies teacher is the best approach.  Geographical coverage of schools is limited to the locations of our presenters in our seven chapters.  Our WASSAR Color Guards made 40 uniformed presentations in the past 12 months.

“The History of Old Glory”

A summary or review of the Revolutionary War:  Fifteen colonial and revolutionary period flags and naval ensigns tell the story of our Country’s beginnings and the many battles & events from Lexington to Yorktown.  The finale shows how Betsy Ross convinced George Washington that she could make a perfect five-pointed star with “One cut of the scissors!” for our first official flag.  Four of our chapters, two in Western WA and two in Eastern WA have these programs.  They are presented to classrooms and also to other civic groups.   This program is well received.

“Colonial Life in America”

A “show-and-tel

l” of artifacts used by colonial men and women, boys and girls in their arduous daily life.  Includes how fire was started with the tinder box, a period lantern, how soap, candles, tea, were made, hog bristle toothbrush, etc.  We have four “Traveling Chests” in three different locations for use by chapters.  We show pre-and post-Revolutionary War life by students laying hands on each item of daily life. A very popular presentation for teachers and students.

“Day in the Life of a Continental Soldier”

The Regimental Uniform - Demonstration of the first American soldiers’ uniform and equipment – from the tri-corn hat to regimental coat, colors, waistcoat, breeches, officer’s sash, sword, buckled shoes, accoutrements.   The Militiaman – minuteman, ranger and flying camp and his equipment from the farmer’s hat to hunting frock, cartridge box, powder horn, bullet bag, canteen & haversack, “housewife”.  We also cover the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, why we fought the Revolution and the exceptional nature of American freedom & liberty in the world.

 

“Teenagers in the Revolution “

Stories taken from actual letters, journals and diaries of teenagers swept up in the chaotic times of the American Revolution.  Some joined regiments as fifers, drummers, soldiers, or went off to sea duty in privateer vessels.  Other young people were involved at home, defending their families against local Tories and British soldiers. Girls were involved too.  Deborah Samson even donned a uniform and secretly fought as a male soldier.  Other teens were spies and couriers.

 

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