BATTLE OF SELMA COMMITTEE
Post Office Box 807 Selma, AL 36702-0807
TO: PRINCIPLES AND TEACHERS
FROM: Elizabeth Hammonds, School Programs Chair
RE: “School Days at the Battle of Selma”
The 153rd anniversary Battle of Selma Civil War Re-enactment will be held April 2018. Please check back later this year for additional information. We will have an organized agenda of living history lectures in addition to tours of the Civil War campsites and period Sutlers. Your students will get to see firsthand how soldiers fought, dressed, and lived during the Civil War. We are also adding Civil War lesson plans on our website, www.battleofselma.com, for the benefit of you and your students. We feel that our “School Days at the Battle of Selma” will make an exciting and enjoyable field trip for students of all ages. The admission price of this year’s “School Days” is $7.50 (teachers and a reasonable number of chaperons will be admitted free of charge). For home schoolers every attendee, including teachers and chaperons, pay the same as students.
The following is an explanation of how “School Days at the Battle of Selma” will work this year:
1. “School Days” sessions will be conducted in 2018 at 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. each day. Each session will last approximately one hour and thirty minutes. Selma area Schools are asked to consider the 12 p.m. sessions.
2. In order to have smaller groups, we have set a maximum number of students for each time slot on a first come, first serve basis. It is very important that you return your registration form as soon as possible in order to ensure that you get the time slot requested. Do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions.
3. It is very important that you arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your scheduled starting time, as it is a nice little walk from the parking area to the battlefield. Upon arrival, someone will meet with your bus/car and give you directions. We will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. and 12 p.m. If you are late, you will miss part of your “session.”
Each “session” will have 8 to 10 interpretive stations conducted by “living historians” lasting 10 minutes each. These “stations” will include artillery (cannon) drill and firing; a lesson on the various uniforms worn during the Civil War; an infantry drill and firing (with an explanation on the rifles being fired); musicians of the period (using period instruments); mounted cavalry; a blacksmith; and a Civil War Medical Hospital Display; an actual campsite; and other period presentations.
Once your group has conducted their session, they will be free to roam the 40-acre site for as long as they please (you may arrive early or stay late). There will be a Sutler (souvenir) area that will have many unique and period toys, uniforms, and living essentials for sale. There will also be modern and period food and drinks, including root beer and kettle corn, available for sale as well. You are encouraged to bring picnic lunches.
If you wish to attend this event register on-line at www.battleofselma.com . The $7.50 per student can be returned with the registration form, or it can be paid when you arrive at the battlefield site (checks are acceptable). Please list your preferred arrival time. These will be scheduled on a first come, first serve basis, which means the earlier you return your form, the better chance you will have receiving your preferred time. You should receive a written confirmation letter within 7 to 10 days after registration is complete. We will have plenty of room for bus parking at the site. Direction maps and other information will be mailed to all registered schools around March 25, 2017
If you should have any questions, please feel free to call me at (334) 412-3458 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. The registration form should be mailed to the address below, emailed to the address below, faxed to the number below, or on-line registration at www.battleofselma.com
Battle of Selma Committee
Post Office Box 807
Selma, AL 36702-0807
Phone: (334) 412-3458
Fax: (334) 872-0751
Sponsored by the “April 1865 Society, Inc”
In partnership with
Wallace Community College Selma
On-line School Days Registration at www.battleofselma.com