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Students get a glimpse of history

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - Students from all over Cenla had a chance to learn history in a different way.

It is one thing to hear about stories from the past but to actually see them played out can be much more captivating.

"It really makes it come alive and they remember it better."

These students are moving out of the classrooms and away from the textbooks in order to get a feel for what America was like in one of its most trying times.

"History can be boring for kids so any way we can bring it to life and make it more real for them, it will make it more relevant for them," said Marie Willis, a teacher at Montessori Education Center.

The Civil War reenactment at Forts Randolph and Buhlow gives many people a chance to learn about Cenla's Civil War history.  

"This is a fantastic opportunity for kids and families to come and learn about the Civil War. The Civil War took place over 150 years ago and had a major impact on this area of Louisiana," said historian Henry Robertson.

Tim Graves has been doing Civil War reenactments for more than a decade. For him, learning history at a young age is vital.

"It is very important that they learn history and what happened during the Civil war Wand the small things the soldiers had to go through," said Graves.

But for Christopher Cooley, this Civil War history has a much deeper meaning. For some, this history could have family ties.

"Because this is the history of their families. Some of these people have been living here since the Civil War. I have an ancestor that actually fought in the Civil War," said Cooley.

2014 marks the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Alexandria.


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