Saturday, June 23, 2012

Civil War Legislative Reenactment

We have spent the last week at my sister's house, attending Vacation Bible School with cousins and just spending time together.

The boys have had fun with their cousins, learning about God all week. But, today was a blast. VBS ended yesterday, so today we had the entire day to fill.

My sister Aadel took us on quite the adventure!

First, she found out that their would be a Civil War Reenactment on the military base where they are stationed, that would demonstrate the one and only legislative meeting held at the First Territorial Capitol of Kansas Territory in 1855.

Entering the First Territorial Capitol of Kansas

We got to experience the meeting in the original building it was held, which was held to determine whether Kansas would become a Slave State or a Free State.

Supporters of Slavery Praying That God Would Allow Them to Keep Slaves for a Bountiful Land

We also got to experience:

  • Firing of a Cannon
  • Basket Weaving
  • Fur Tradesman
  • Civil War Soldiers
  • Period Music
  • 'Birds of Prey' Exhibit

Zeke at the Fur Trader

Gregory with cousins at the 'Birds of Prey' Exhibit

Just the first half of the day sparked a myriad of questions about slavery past and present, morals, and law.

I couldn't help but think, as we walked around, how amazing it was that my biracial son was walking free and without prejudice in that very same area where slavery was defended.

And we still made it to the nature center. We visited rescued eagles and owls, strolled through a butterfly house and fish hatchery, saw countless little creatures such as turtles, lizards, snakes, tadpoles, and prairie dogs, and learned about terrains.

I'm quite impressed with all of the free educational activities in Kansas!

Everyone returned home tired and hungry like wolves. As always, I am amazed at the information that kids suck in like sponges.

There was no pressure to learn; If a child was "done" with a particular area or activity, we moved on.

We all learned anyways.

Mission Accomplished.

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