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Published on Oct 8, 2013
How do we get our students to engage the past -- their own history as well as the history of the place they live -- when the sounds and images of our present lives continuously grabs their attention? That's just what Central Elementary School's "Hike through History" in South Berwick, Maine is all about. Students from Central Elementary School work with 8th graders from Marshwood Middle School to bring their 400-year history of their village to life. In collaboration with the Old Berwick Historical Society and hundreds of volunteers students create a day-long living history exhibit staged at sites in houses in the community surrounding the Central School. As stated by volunteer Dan Smith who let hundreds of kids flow through his meticulously restored Model A Ford, relentlessly beeping its horn, "You learn by seeing, touching and hearing... [When] they actually see it, sit in it, beep the horn... it becomes real. And when it becomes real it sticks with them." Students not only bring the history to life they also record it, providing images and sounds for this video. From pirates to high wheel bikes to early automobiles students and community volunteers power the Hike through History with their own imaginations to bring the past alive today.