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Monday, July 5, 2010

Old Stories, New Voices…A Summer’s Adventure

By Buddy Garza, Fort McKavett State Historic Site manager

The fourth year of the Old Stories, New Voices summer camp launched at Fort McKavett State Historic Site where participants loaded up into the caravan heading to the Prude ranch near Fort Davis. The Friends of Fort McKavett furnished bottled water and snacks to the kids while they were on post and for the next leg of the trip.
The group then went on to Santa Fe, N.M. where they spent the night before heading for Gloretta Pass and the other Civil War sites. This year, 44 kids are participating in the program, 20 of who are from Texas—Menard, Fort McKavett, Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio. The trek took the kids from New Mexico all the way to Gettysburg, Pa. The group ended up at Gettysburg for the Fourth of July weekend reenactment before heading home.
There is more on this adventure and my involvement on the program’s blog. This is information on the program from the Facebook page “The Old Stories, New Voices Program offers youngsters a once-in-a-lifetime immersion in the history, diverse cultures, and natural landscape of their home state. By taking them back in time to experience the challenges of their pioneer ancestors, the program helps students increase their own resilience and sense of responsibility. Participants also learn to appreciate the importance of the past, as well as historic preservation and conservation.”
**Fort McKavett is located west of Menard on FM 864 in the Texas Forts Trail Region.

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