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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Fort McKavett's Old Stories, New Voices

Year two of the Old Stories, New Voices Intercultural Youth Camp at Fort McKavett State Historic Site came to a close last week. The week-long camp is the second of a three year program, where kids from year one returned to learn about farm and ranch skills, the roles of pioneer women, horse safety and animal care, historic wood working and many more hands-on activities. The kids, ages 9-13, came from Austin, Fort Worth, Tyler, Houston, San Antonio and the local communities of Menard, Eldorado and Fort McKavett to learn the value of preserving historic sites such as Fort McKavett.

The highlight of the camp was a 2 1/2-day trail ride to Fort Concho in San Angelo, during which the kids received a small taste of what life was like for soldiers who once made similar journeys. Year three of Old Stories, New Voices will bring the kids back for a two-week bus tour of Civil War battlefields, ending at Gettysburg, Pa.

Old Stories, New Voices is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities as well as support from the Texas Historical Commission, Texas State Historical Association, Texas Parks and Wildlife Urban Outreach Program, Friends of Fort McKavett, Texas Equestrian Trail Riders Association and Fort Concho National Historic Site.

1 comment:

  1. Awesome! I bet the kids loved this! Great to see you're putting things like this on and teaching equestrian rider horse safety too, good job.