Secretary of State Jason Kander recently welcomed students from Dixon Elementary to Civil War Archives Alive!, an educational program offered annually by the Missouri State Archives in Jefferson City.
"Civil War Archives Alive! is an engaging and interactive experience that provides a new way for students to discover Missouri's vibrant history," Kander said. "It is great to watch these students enjoy learning about important events from our state's past."
Commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, the 40-minute performance takes students on a journey back in time to experience life in Missouri in the 1860s. With the help of humorous game show hosts and their "Blast from the Past" time machine, the students' educational adventure begins with a visit from presidential time traveler Abraham Lincoln. As the Union's commander in chief, Lincoln addresses the conflict's national aspects, but also focuses on Missouri's particular role as a turbulent border state. In its entirety, Civil War Archives Alive! draws students in to learn more about historic Civil War figures of Missouri and the experiences of slaves, civilians and soldiers as they lived through warfare and its aftermath.
The students from Dixon Elementary join more than 5,400 other fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students from across the state this year in experiencing this unique educational opportunity, which is often followed by a tour of the Missouri State Archives.
Civil War Archives Alive! is sponsored by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives through donations from Hawthorn Bank and the Eldon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.