S: Four Score and Seven Years Ago
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1: Mission: Heritage Hill is a living history museum dedicated to the preservation of its buildings and artifacts and the interpretation of the history of Northeast Wisconsin and its people. Our purpose is to provide an educational experience that encourages visitor awareness, understanding, and appreciation of the history of the region.
2: A Musical Production On Wednesday, March 14, 2012, students attended the Weidner Center’s Stage Doors Education Series theatrical production of Four Score and Seven Years Ago in Green Bay, WI. This musical explored the friendship of two men of different races, on different sides of the Civil War.
3: Hands-on History Students also visited Heritage Hill State Historical Park, where they participated in a complimentary program in which they studied primary sources, met a soldier, and participated in a medical simulation and sing-along. | The partnership between the Weidner Center and Heritage Hill was co-operative, in which "each institution owns its authority, resources, and reward and shares only related information with the cooperating institution" (Liu, 2007, 134).
4: The Weidner Center was responsible for the musical production, which took place within their theater. They were also responsible for the registration process and forwarded the database to Heritage Hill for logistical planning in advance of the program. | www.weidnercenterpresents.com/education.html | Registration and Planning
5: Two program options were presented to teachers. Option 1: 10:00 - 11:00 Performance at the Weidner Center 11:30 - 12:00 Bagged lunch at Heritage Hill 12:00 - 1:30 Program at Heritage Hill Option 2: 9:30 - 11:00 Program at Heritage Hill 11:00 - 11:30 Bagged lunch at Heritage Hill 12:30 - 1:30 Performance at the Weidner Center The maximum capacity for each option was 200 students. Seven months in advance of the program, it was sold out.
6: Problem: Limited capacity in historic buildings. Solution: Small group sizes. Due to the limited capacity of historic buildings, the 200 students attending each option had to be divided into eight groups of 25. Four groups attended the program in the Ethnic Agricultural area of the Park, while four groups attended the program in the Fort Howard area of the Park. There were three stations in each rotation, and one station at the Church, which accommodated one group from each rotation. | Ethnic Agricultural Area Rotation | Fort Howard Area Rotation
7: Problem: Keeping stations on scheduled times. Solution: Logistical planning. - Letters were sent out to teachers in advance of the program informing them of their group assignments. - Greeters informed the students of Park rules aboard their buses. - Volunteer "shepherds" were given pamphlets detailing their duties and tasked with ensuring that groups were led to the correct stations. - "Time keepers" were employed to keep the stations running on schedule.
8: Problem: Diverse audience of 3rd to 8th grade students. Solution: Provide variety in the stations to appeal to different learning domains and modalities. Also provide two levels of guided questions, one for elementary students and one for middle school students. | Option 2 Students enjoying a lunch break before boarding their buses to attend the Weidner Center's performance. | Option 1 Students eating their lunch before participating in Heritage Hill's portion of the program.
9: Enlistment Learning Objective: Students will learn about enlistment and recruitment during the Civil War through the analysis of primary sources. Sources include a recruitment poster, a draft notice, a letter written by a local soldier, and the lyrics of a song. | Fort Howard Area Rotation | Ethnic Agricultural Area Rotation
10: A Soldier's Life Learning Objective: Students will meet a Civil War Soldier and learn of life beyond the battlefield through an examination of objects from the soldier's haversack. | Ethnic Agricultural Area Rotation | Fort Howard Area Rotation
11: Medical Simulation Learning Objective: Students will learn about the nature and extent of Civil War injuries and diseases, as well as their supposed causes and treatments, through participation in a medical simulation game. | Ethnic Agricultural Area Rotation | Fort Howard Area Rotation
12: Civil War Sing-along Learning Objective: Students will learn how music impacted everyone from the lowliest field-hand to the President of the United States during the Civil War through participation in a sing-along. | The Church, with its larger capacity, served as the Sing-a-long station for both the Ethnic Agricultural Area and Fort Howard Area rotations. | When Johnny Comes Marching Home Just Before the Battle Mother Battle Hymn of the Republic Goober Peas
13: External Evaluation Evaluation forms were sent out by the Weidner Center to participating teachers. While there were complaints about the musical not being a Wisconsin story, the evaluations for Heritage Hill were favorable. The only complaint for Heritage Hill's program was that teacher's wished their classes could have spent more time in the sessions. The session lengths were the direct result of the teachers' bus itineraries in order to get to the theater or to return to school for dismissal. A possible solution would be to offer three longer stations instead of four stations, but this would limit the capacity of the program options to 75 students. As such, no changes will be made to the length of the stations. | Students are greeted as they arrive for the Civil War Soldier station.
14: Internal Evaluation An online survey was sent to all volunteers and staff who participated in the program. Findings were that the program ran smoothly and logistics should be planned in the same manner the next time Heritage Hill partners with the Weidner Center. By all accounts, both internal and external, Four Score at Heritage Hill was successful educational program.