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    On The Calendar for March!

    March 18 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    Past Times for Children - Schoolyard Games
    96-year-old Warren Dorsey, the grandson of a slave, grew up poor in Sykesville during the 1920s and '30s. Jack White will conduct a casual interview with Warren to discuss his slave grandmother, his parents, and the many challenges he overcame during his struggle to educate himself and escape poverty, as chronicled in Jack's book, In Carrie's Footprints.
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    March 21 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    Box Lunch Talks - Researching Your Civil War Soldier
    During the recent commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, many Americans discovered an interest in learning about their Civil War ancestors. Genealogist Debra Hoffman explains the resources for researching a Civil War soldier and uses two case studies—one Union and one Confederate—to illustrate the information that can be found.
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    3rd Grade Tours

    The Education Committee of the Historical Society of Carroll County has developed interactive lessons to support the 3rd grade Common Core Standards.  The lessons highlight was life was like 200 years ago and provide experiential opportunities in the Sherman Fisher Shellman House and Shriver-Weybright Gallery.  Students will have the opportunity to see authentic Carroll County artifacts and participate in activities which illustrate how people, places and events have changed over time.

    Lesson Plans for 3rd Grade Tours

    Carroll County in the Civil War Student Activity Kit

    The Civil War Trunk

    Students experience the Civil War through the lives of two Carroll County men: a Union infantry Sergeant and a Confederate cavalry Private. The kit includes reproduction clothing and equipment; photographs and biographies of Carroll County men who served on both sides of the conflict; examples of Civil War currency; vocabulary list; bibliography; writings from Carroll County residents who experienced the war.

    The following is a summary of the lessons contained in the Civil War Trunk

    Summary Lesson 1: Artifacts of the Civil War Soldier
    This lesson answers the question, what was it like to be a soldier during the Civil War? It utilizes 2 trunks which can be borrowed from the Historical Society of Carroll County. Students will examine and analyze the contents of the trunks. One trunk contains artifacts that would have been used by a Union infantry man, the other, artifacts used by a Confederate cavalry man. Students will compare and contrast the artifacts of the two soldiers to illustrate the differences in the resources available to the North and to the South.

    Summary Lesson #2: The Pipe Creek Line of Defense
    This lesson answers the question: if Carroll County had been the sight of a major battle, how might the county/citizens been affected? The students will complete a worksheet by utilizing a roads and settlement map of Carroll County. This map also indicates the location of General Meade’s proposed Pipe Creek Line of Defense to protect the cities of Washington and Baltimore. Meade had received information that General Lee had invaded the North and was reportedly in Pennsylvania. The advantages, disadvantages and value of Meade’s plan and the effect the plan would have had on Carroll County had it been implemented will be examined by the students.

    Summary Lesson 3: The War and the Citizens
    The lesson answers the question how were the citizens of Carroll County affected by the Civil War? Students will gather information to answer the question by reading and analyzing a selection of primary source documents written by Carroll County citizens in the 1860’s, who describe how they were affected by the War. Students will examine emotions, thoughts, experiences and specific details provided by those citizens.

    Civil War Trunk Lesson Plans

    How do I make arrangements to use the kit?

    To reserve the kit, contact the Historical Society of Carroll County’s curator, Cathy Baty, at 410-848-6494, ext. 203 or Cathy@HSCCmd.org. Reservations are made on a first-come, first-served basis.

    How long can I have the kit?

    The kit is available for one-week use.

    Is there a charge for the kit?

    There is a $20 fee for use of the kit. Users are also responsible for replace costs for any items that are lost or damaged.

    How do I get the kit?

    Users are responsible for picking up and returning the kit to the Historical Society of Carroll County at 210 East Main Street, Westminster. The Society cannot deliver or ship the kit.

    Pick-up and drop-off times will be scheduled when making a reservation. If the kit is not returned on time and forces the cancellation of another reservation, an additional $20 fee will be charged.


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