Author Visits

Students need to be able to relate to history in meaningful ways. 

Gettysburg Fall 2012b2

Actual tree imbedded with bullets and debris from cannon fire during the battle.

Textbooks are good starting points for learning about history, but if you want students to remember the facts, you have you give them facts that are hard to forget. I taught history for more than ten years, mostly to high school students. I learned how important it is to engage their imaginations and critical thinking skills so history is not just a boring pile of names and dates and events. I want students to understand that history is about humanity—that all of us are connected to each other through our personal, national, and world histories.

When I discovered the story of Tillie Pierce of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, I knew her story would resonate with young people. Her experiences, told in her own words, make the events of July 1863 come alive. During my school visits, I share Tillie’s story and much more.

About the Presentation

Gettysburg5Tillie Pierce: Teen Eyewitness at the Battle of Gettysburg includes Tillie’s own words, many Library of Congress photographs, current photographs of those sites, maps, and other details, which I will show during the session. My goal is to give students not only plenty of information, but also a feel for this historic time.  At the end, I’ll show some photos of Gettysburg today, including Tillie’s house, which is still standing. My presentation covers Tillie’s story—the personal story of the Battle of Gettysburg, its aftermath, and Lincoln’s famous most famous (and probably shortest) speech, The Gettysburg Address.

For grades 4 and up; 60 minutes

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