Students gain insight about Revolutionary War

Cresthill Middle School welcomes reenactors

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Eighth-graders at Cresthill Middle School got the chance to metaphorically time-travel to the American colonial era during an educational activity at the school Oct. 9.

The Colorado chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution visited the school and set up four stations complete with tents, clotheslines and other artifacts.

Reenactors, all of whom have ancestors who served in the Revolutionary War, stood at each station to teach the kids what they know about the time period.

Stations included information on militias, colonial life, the time before the war and the British perspective on the era. The British station also told the story of American spies among the British ranks.

Students got to hold artifacts, watch a firing salute and practice their marching during the event.

“I think this is important because it helps bring it to life,” social studies teacher Sonja Herring said. “It makes a distant time feel more relatable.”

Reenactors hope to encourage patriotism in the students through the realistic activity, event coordinator Rob Hampton said.

“We present it to kids in a way so that they get some sense of what makes America unique,” Hampton said.

The uniforms worn by the participants are completely authentic to what was worn at the time, he said. Some cost up to $2,000 to complete.

Those interested in a similar demonstration can contact Hampton at hamptonrc@gmail.com.

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