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The Fort Massac Encampment returns on October 15th and 16th

Students learning about history at the Fort Massac Encampment
Benjy Jeffords
Students learning about history at the Fort Massac Encampment

For almost 50 years the Fort Massac Encampment demonstrates what life was like in the late 17th century.

This weekend the Fort Massac Encampment returns after a two-year break because of the pandemic.

On Friday more than 3,500 students from the tri-state region came for the education day of the encampment.

They saw demonstrations of how people lived, worked and dressed in the late 1700’s.

The students also had the chance to play in a mock battle with each other.

Ft. Massac Site Superintendent Chris McGinness says bringing students to a living history like this can be a fun way to learn.

“The more senses you can use, the better you learn and of course, the smells, the sounds, the seeing it and then the explanations that we give them, help them to understand how this country was formed.”

The encampment is open from 10 to 5 on Saturday and 9 to 4:30 on Sunday.

Benjy Jeffords is a digital media production specialist at WSIU Public Broadcasting located at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Contact WSIU Radio at 618-453-6101 or email wsiunews@wsiu.org
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