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History Comes to Life

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

By Eric Guzman '12

The explosion of cannons and military rifles rocked the Siena campus as re-enactors transformed Siena’s front lawn into a historical site at the 4th annual, “A Day of Living History.”

Members of the Siena community and the surrounding area took a step back in time, enjoying sights, sounds and activities from the French and Indian War, American Revolution, Civil War and World War II eras.

“We are essentially bringing history to life,” said History Club Vice President and event organizer Mary Zimmermann ’12. “To be able to interact with people and items of various time periods is really special.”

Military encampments, an 18th Century dame school and 18th Century children’s games were just a few of the activities brought to life with the help of re-enactors, living historians and local historic sites and museums. A new addition to this year’s event, a re-enactor taught and played a full game of 19th Century cricket with an enthusiastic group of participants.

“It is nice to see how much this event has grown and developed,” said Assistant Director of Admissions, Tara Heffernan ’09, who started the annual event four years ago when she was a senior. Heffernan explained that “A Day of Living History” is not only for students, but also for faculty, staff, the community and even prospective students. “It is a chance to understand the great learning opportunities that Siena offers outside of the classroom.”

President of the History Club and event organizer Cameron Green '12 embraced his passion for history by sporting authentic Revolutionary era military attire. Green, with fellow re-enactors, represented Revolutionary War soldiers as privates in Green’s Minute Company 2nd Albany County Militia. “It is important to bring history right here to our students and community. By doing this, we are helping keep our nation’s past alive,” Green said.

“We are able to experience everything that we’ve learned about American history,” said Mary Shulte ’12 as she hand-dipped a wax candle in traditional 18th century fashion. “Being able to have a hands-on experience outside the classroom is definitely a neat component to learning.”

Each year, “A Day of Living History,” is brought to life through the efforts of the History Club and Center for Revolutionary Era Studies.

 

Photo Credit: Emily Merritt '12

 


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