JEFFERSON CITY, MISSOURI – Secretary of State Robin Carnahan announced that students from Cole Camp R-1 in Cole Camp, Mo., recently visited the Missouri State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State’s office, to learn about Missouri’s Civil War history through a theatrical performance known as Civil War Archives Alive!
“This interactive and entertaining program is a wonderful way for students to discover Missouri’s history,” said Carnahan. “It is great to watch these students have fun while they learn about important events from our state’s past.”
Civil War Archives Alive! is a 40-minute presentation performed by Mark Wegman, Laura Morris and Mark Rehagen. The program commemorates the sesquicentennial of the Civil War by incorporating its history into the Civil War Archives Alive! performance. As humorous game show hosts for “Blast from the Past,” Wegman and Morris bring history to life for the visiting students. Using a time machine, the hosts bring Abraham Lincoln to the present. Played by Rehagen, Lincoln teaches the students about the Civil War and how it affected not only the country as a whole, but also Missouri as a turbulent border state. The audience is able to learn more about historic Civil War figures of Missouri and the experiences of slaves, civilians and soldiers as they lived through warfare and Reconstruction.
The students from Cole Camp are part of the over 5,800 4th through 6th grade students from across the state experiencing this unique educational opportunity at the Secretary of State’s office this year. Civil War Archives Alive! is sponsored by the Friends of the Missouri State Archives through donations from the Missouri Arts Council, Hawthorn Bank, the State Historical Society’s Brownlee Fund and the Eldon Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.
“Missouri’s colorful history is filled with fascinating people and events, and the Missouri State Archives is a terrific resource to find out more about them,” Carnahan said. “If Missourians don’t get the chance to visit the Archives in person, I would encourage them to view the resources, documents and historic collections available on the Missouri Archive’s website at missouridigitalheritage.com.” Photo submitted.