Looking for a way to keep your kids connected to history throughout the school year? Need a way to match your students’ interest in social media to your learning objectives? Well, have we got a deal for you!
Try Gettysburg National Military Park’s “52 Footsteps” Facebook Challenge! Each Wednesday throughout 2013, Park Rangers will introduce you to a new person – and one dog – involved in or affected by the battle of Gettysburg. The “52 Footsteps Facebook Challenge” is available on the park’s Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/GettysburgNMP.
For local and Adams County schools, award your students extra credit points when they post their photograph at the challenge spot each week. Their challenge is to get to the Gettysburg spot where that person stood, snap their picture, and post it. For schools outside of the region, Park Rangers will provide other ideas for posts connected to the featured challenge. For example, if you can’t make it to the Angle on Gettysburg’s Cemetery Ridge to snap your photo in the spot where John Cassidy was hit by a bullet through a Bible near his heart, but you can make it to his burial site in Philadelphia, you have met the weekly challenge.
National Park Service staff at Gettysburg is using the challenge to introduce Facebook friends to new and lesser known stories and places around Gettysburg. The first “52 Footsteps” challenge will be issued on Wednesday, January 2.
Some of the featured stories include: Thaddeus Stevens, the staunch abolitionist who lived and worked in Gettysburg from 1816-1842; Elizabeth Thorn, caretaker of the town cemetery who carried out some of the first burials while six months pregnant; and Federico Cavada, Cuban immigrant fighting with the 114th Pennsylvania Infantry near the Peach Orchard.
This blog will feature additional information on many of these challenge personalities, as well as discussion points for you and your class. So stay tuned . . .
The “52 Footsteps Facebook Challenge” is part of Gettysburg National Military Park’s commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the battle of Gettysburg.