On Friday I had the pleasure of giving a tour of the museum to Jordan and Bryce, “baseball stars of the future”, and their mother, Sydney from Atlanta. They seemed to really enjoy the experience, as did I. I think, like many school children of today, American history is somewhat not a priority. I stressed the importance of this subject, and encouraged them to go to the Atlanta History Museum for a more extensive lesson, since they live in the heart of the history of the Civil War! I believe that their viewing of “The Battle of Hampton Roads” really got their attention. Sidney grew up in Newport News and was visiting her mother here. I told Sidney that if today’s experience didn’t plant seeds of history in the minds of her sons, I didn’t know what would.
When I give school group tours, I always tell the students that we can only see a part of the museum, and that they should come with their family and spend more time, as there are lot of great history related things to see here. Recently, I was giving a tour to some 5th graders from Williamsburg, and gave them the usual welcome back and bring their family. The next day, on a Saturday, a young student came in with his mother, his soccer practice having been rained out. He and his mother co-mingled in the tour I was giving with some adults, and the young student seemed to know all the answers to the question inter-play. I said “have you been here before?”. He answered that he had been in my school tour the day before!
Some where along the line the “seeds of history” had been planted. What a nice feeling!