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ICS Fifth Graders explore the history of Johnson’s Island

ICS Fifth Graders explore the history of Johnson’s Island

The fifth graders at Immaculate Conception School are preparing for the opportunity to be archeologists this spring. Mrs. Jane Drusbacky’s class will once again have the experience of participating in the Experiential Learning Program in Historical Archaeology offered by the Center for Historic and Military Archaeology of Heidelberg University. 

As the students prepare to explore and learn about the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison site, Dr. David R. Bush visited their classroom last Wednesday to give the students the insight and background of the field experience scheduled for May 5. Dr. Bush is the site director for the Johnson’s Island Civil War Military Prison and a Professor of Anthropology.

Johnson's Island held more than 10,000 Confederate officers between 1862 and 1865. The students viewed a PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Bush, which included historical pictures and facts about life and conditions at the POW camp. Dr. Bush's excavations there are providing unprecedented information about the activities, health, and living conditions of the prisoners. Dr. Bush both informed and excited the fifth graders of the adventure to come later this spring.

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