8th graders from E. Russell Hicks Middle School in Washington County, MD participated in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s award-winning educational, service-learning program aptly named Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student™, where students create historic movies depicting national history found in the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area.
“This program bonds young people to the past in a way that enables them to walk in the footsteps of countrymen and women gone by, to understand critically important national events, and to appreciate the difficult choices past generations have made for future ones,” explained Cate Magennis Wyatt, president of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership.
With an unveiling at the JTHG Partnership annual conference on May 23, 2012 in Frederick, MD, the students’ vodcasts will become part of the official interpretative material for Antietam National Battlefield Park, part of the Sesquicentennial Commemorations for Washington County, and ultimately seen by history lovers of all ages worldwide.
This project was created and led by the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, HISTORY [Channel], Richard R. Reynolds Foundation, Washington County Public School District, E. Russell Hicks Middle School, Antietam National Battlefield Park, and Antietam Cable Television.
The students examine the heart wrenching toll of battle on the families who found themselves suddenly on the front lines of a battle and the toll of families today that send members off to war.
The Johnny Cook Story: Through letters and diaries, students learned of a young Union soldier, not much older than themselves, and how he won the Medal of Honor.
Icons of Humanity: By telling the story of Clara Barton, the students bring the story of women on the battlefield to life in a story of richness and lasting legacy.
In learning about Abraham Lincoln issuing the Emancipation Proclamation, student brought to life the words of former slaves by using interviews conducted by the Works Progress Administration in the 1930s.
Students put themselves in the boots of soldiers to gain an understanding of the terrible price paid on September 17, 1862—the single bloodiest day in our American history.
Through researching the early days of photography, the students came to understand how Alexander Gardner's work helped shape the understanding of the American Civil War, and drew a comparison to how information is shared in the digital world.