Camp offers kids a "taste" of the Civil War

Old Independence Regional Museum
Old Independence Regional Museum

BATESVILLE, AR (KAIT) – The American Civil War will come to life this summer for Region 8 children.

This year the Old Independence Regional Museum's 4th Annual Day Camp will focus on life during the war.

Campers will learn about free and enslaved African Americans who lived in the area.  According to research, the slaves used quilt patterns as a way to pass information in an effort to reach freedom.  The campers will learn about some of the patterns commonly used and will construct a message using them.

The camp will also focus on the daily life of both Union and Confederate soldiers.  The museum is located at a site of two Union encampments.  Campers will participate in military drilling exercises and learn about battlefield medicine.  They will also be taught how to use signal flags and Morse code.

The day campers will also get a "taste" of the Civil War.  They'll sample some of the common foods served during the war both at home and on the battlefield.

The first day camp will be Tuesday, June 14-Friday, June 17.  It's open to third and fourth grade students.  The second day camp will be for fifth and sixth grade students Tuesday, June 21-Friday, June 24.  Both camps will run from 9am to 1pm each day.  The cost is $40 per camper.  Class size is limited to the first 30 registrants.  Campers should bring a sack lunch.  The last day to register is Monday, June 6.

For more information, contact April White or Amanda Nikkel at 793-2121.

The museum is located at 380 South 9th Street in Batesville.

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