History came alive for Hardin Northern elementary students on May 13. The students spent their afternoon visiting with living history re-enactors representing various time periods. Students visited with Bearclaw and Graybeard from Ohio’s fur-trading pioneer days, a Revolutionary War soldier from Col. Crawford’s army, a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Corps from World War II, cloth spinner from the 1800s, an Ohio Civil War soldier, and a Civil War artillery crew.

Living History Day was hosted and organized by Mr. Foster, high school history teacher, and the History Brigade, the high school history club. Originally planned as an outdoors camp, the day’s activities were moved inside due to rain (imagine that!). While the weather was frightening it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the students as they impressed their presenters with great questions and comments.

The highlight of the day was when the weather cleared enough to allow for a cannon demonstration at the end of the day. History was booming! Mr. Foster and the History Brigade would like to thank all of the great presenters for taking the time to encourage our students to get a little more out of history. We are especially thankful for the teachers as well as Mr. Cano and Mr. Halsey who helped support and make the idea possible.

Everybody had a blast at the cannon demonstration.
Everybody had a blast at the cannon demonstration.
Exploring the world of early Ohio’s early fur trade
Exploring the world of early Ohio’s early fur trade