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Richmond, Rich with History

It has been a long hiatus since my last post so I would like to first acknowledge  my fellow bloggers for carrying the blog to new heights.  While the majority of my post grad life so far has kept me removed from anything of historical significance this past month I have been right at the heart of some fabulous Civil War history.

I am currently interning for a non-profit in Richmond called Blue Sky Fund, which focuses on getting urban youth in the outdoors.  Along with other interns we teach 3rd graders science, ecology, environmental responsibility, and the history of Richmond.  This month’s field trip was at Historical Tredegar Iron Works.

 

With the help of the Park Rangers we taught the kids about how the water powered on the different mills on the site, from the cotton and flour mills that produced the worlds best flours to the rolling mill which flatten iron that was used on the CSS Virginia. The field trip was on simple machines since students in Virgina do not focus on the Civil War until the 4th grade. Although being at Tredegar the simple machine lessons became intertwined with Civil War facts.