1/23/2012

Middle school students to learn about "Sleeping Heros"

News Release: New statewide Kansas history project

 

For more information contact: Don Lambert, dLambert0753@yahoo.com

Phone: (785) 230-3630
 

Project launch - "Sleeping Heroes: The Impact of Civil War Veterans on Kansas Communities"

 

You are invited to the launch of a new statewide Kansas history project at 3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27 at the Memorial Building, 10th and Jackson, as part of the State's Kansas Day festivities.

Titled "Sleeping Heroes: The Impact of Civil War Veterans on Kansas Communities," the project will encourage middle school students and their teachers to search for Civil War Veterans buried in local cemeteries. Students will then research those Veterans as part of their study of their community and the Civil War.  

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt will introduce the program. Schmidt is descended from Peter Schmidt who served in the Civil War and then moved to Kansas, settling in the Independence area. Because so many Veterans homesteaded in Kansas after the war, it was known at the time as the Soldier State.

On the program to explain the new project will be representatives from the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas State Department of Education, along with John Jackson, Chanute, a retired U.S. Army Veteran, who has visited 500 Kansas cemeteries in his search for Civil War Veterans.  Also attending will be students from Glasco, Ks. in northcentral Kansas. They received national recognition in 2006 for researching the 83 Civil War Veterans buried in their town of 500. This serves as the model for the statewide "Sleeping Heroes" project.

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