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Thursday, June 3, 2010

2nd Annual Western Frontier Days Brings History to Life

By Cheryl Dowell, Fort Lancaster Site Staff

More than 50 volunteers and living historians recently descended into the remote valley where Fort Lancaster State Historic Site is located to share and perform for nearly 600 visitors over the two-day Western Frontier Days event. Even though the amenities are limited in this West Texas fort, historians continue to visit because they love sharing 19th century history with students. Students from six school districts attended the event’s Education Day. There were also many more students attending via satellite thanks to Region 18 Education Service Center.

The students participated in a virtual field trip as they witnessed the canons fire, visited with the Texas Camel Corps, heard music, and watched interviews with the various forts represented at the event. This remote site did not seem nearly as secluded thanks to modern technology.
Saturday was a two-sided joy as we were joined by students from the Texas Challenge Academy. Not only did the students enjoy visiting and learning from our historians, but they were able to show us their stuff as they performed two amazing military marching drills and joined the flag-raising ceremony.
Thanks to all the great people who are willing to give their time to share this important piece of history with our Texas students and visitors from all over the world. We look forward to seeing everyone next year—be sure to join us!

**Fort Lancaster is located near Sheffield in the Texas Pecos Trail Region.

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