Welcome to the
County Civil War
Next Meeting: Monday, May 13, 2013
Manitowoc County Historical Society, a.k.a. Heritage Center 1701 S. Michigan Ave. Manitowoc, Wisconsin
Program: “Women in the Civil War: myths and realities”.
Sarah Scovell Muraski
Sarah Scovell Muraski will be our featured speaker for May. She will be speaking on "Women in the Civil War: myths and realities".
Sarah Scovell Muraski has been having adventures in history her whole life. A proud graduate of the University of Wisconsin in history, English & creative writing and French, she has been a teacher sine 1998. She began her living history adventures in the British Colonial Militia in 1995 and has since participated in the 250th anniversary events at Fort Ticonderoga and Fort Niagara as a member of La Compagnie Franche de las Marine du Fort LaJonquiere. In 2009, Sarah won a fellowship to study at the renowned Colonial Williamsburg Teacher Institute and has since returned as a peer facilitator. Her interest in improving the delivery of history education has led her on many adventures, including a presentation at the National Council for History Education national conference in 2011 on living history in the classroom and the Civil War Teacher Institute in Nashville, Tennessee in July of that year. Two of her highlights in these adventures included meeting Carol Berkin, author of Civil War Wives, a definitive work focused on Angelina Grimke, Varina Davis and Julia Dent Grant, and Robert Hicks, author of Widow of the South and key player in the restoration and preservation of the Franklin, Tennessee Battlefields.
This time of year, Sarah is occupied preparing her spring Living History class at St. Francis Xavier Middle School in Appleton, Wisconsin, to participate in the annual educational re-enactment sponsored by the MCCWRT; this year her adventures included a joint project between her class and the theater class on a production of Little Women that included an intermission "Inflation Tea" where all the prices reflected the prices of the period-correct recipes ingredients in 1863, the year of the opening of the story.
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