As part of the Classical Conversations Essentials program - our children get to participate in a fantastic program called Faces of History.
They research a historical person and write a five-paragraph paper to be given in costume and written in first person ending with Who am I?! It is always a fun time that we look forward to each year.
This year, we've been in US History, so our historical faces were Alvin York and Betsy Ross.
Ladies first, so I'll begin by telling you about Betsy Ross! This was the first year that students were given input on who their character was - they submitted three names and then one of those was assigned to them taking into consideration duplicates, covering various time periods, etc.
This is the first time I've bought a ready-made costume, but we found this one used on Amazon and I think it had been purchased and returned but never worn. I paid less than $15 since it was used but I see it is quite a bit higher now. She wore the shoes from my wedding and we added an embroidery hoop to the flag - that was it for her!
I did not get a photo of her on stage as I was taking video - a friend took some of these photos including the one of Samuel on stage.
We found the virtual tour of the Betsy Ross home interesting and helpful and were astonished to consider that making the flag would have been counted as treason!
Each student also prepares a food that represents their person or could have been common in their time period. We came up with a fun flag cookie for Rachel!
Now for Alvin York - this was Samuel's first year and he did great!
We found his shirt and pants at a thrift store, Daddy supplied the belt and the folded hat was only $1 thrifted! I was so thrilled to find it! The medals belonged to David's Dad from Korea, Vietnam and WWII. And the leather leggings were actually worn in WWI by one of our ancestors - soooo neat!
Especially helpful in Samuel's presentation was the Adventures in Odyssey series about Alvin York.
Figuring out a food for Samuel was a little harder initially. I was originally thinking hard tack and/or beef jerky - war rations! But I knew those snacks might not be very *fun* - then we learned something interesting! Every time I looked up ideas of WWI foods, we came upon information about the Salvation Army making donuts and coffee to serve to the troops in the trenches. It was so fascinating to learn.
We found the original recipe and made the donuts - our one batch made 63 donuts! A friend made me this donut display last year and I was happy to use it again. I printed out WWI era Salvation Army posters and photos and taped them onto toothpicks for some explanation of the connection between Alvin York and donuts!
So grateful for this experience which provided many learning opportunities for my students! If you could be a face in American history - who would you choose?
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