Students at Pineville Elementary School and Yellow Creek School Center were able to visit the Kentucky Historical Society HistoryMobile on Thursday and today.
The HistoryMobile details key events in the history of 8 Kentuckians lives throughout the Civil War. Students were able to see artifacts, read quotes and see short movies about aspects of life from 1861 to 1865.
The bus included information about the commonwealth’s importance as a battleground state where there were both Union and Confederate solders as well as citizens who were pro-slavery and anti-slavery.
“These people made choices which have affected history. History could have turned out differently if they made different choices and that’s something these kids can learn,”said HistoryMobile coordinator Kate Sowada.
The HistoryMobile traveled from its home at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort to give the children a hands-on experience with the Civil War.
“A lot of these kids don’t get the opportunity to go to Frankfort to visit the history exhibits so it gives them a chance to see things they otherwise may not get to,” said Pineville elementary teacher Mary Jane Hayes.
Over 200 students had the opportunity to visit the HistoryMobile during its visit in Bell County.
Kelsey Gerhardt may be reached at 606-302-9093 or on twitter @kgerhardtmbdn.