Here’s another great field trip idea if you’re studying American History this year: Project Appleseed is an organization that is dedicated to teaching our nation’s history through storytelling and marksmanship skills. (The marksmanship threw me for a loop until I went to their presentation and they explained how the Patriots were able to defeat the British in part due to their excellent marksmanship.)
They give presentations at the East Library in Colorado Springs, and you can attend for free. At these meetings, several of them members tell stories about the Revolutionary War – some complete with costumes, maps, and props. (Think Story of the World live, though not all the storytellers are as good as Susan Wise Bauer and Jim Weiss. :)
When we attended one last year, we learned that the tea that the colonists threw overboard in the Boston Harbor was not the loose bags of tea that you always see in the pictures; it was actually more like these tea bricks. The storyteller actually had a tea brick (you can buy them online) so we got to touch it. It was very informative!
Appleseed holds their presentations monthly at the East Library, and you can check the library’s calendar for the next date (search Appleseed). I believe that they are usually on the third Thursday of the month.
If you missed it yesterday, here’s a great freebie for American History studies – a free online field trip from Colonial Williamsburg, over an $100 value free!