LIVINGSTON, NJ - The Revolutionary War recently came alive for fifth grade students at Burnet Hill Elementary School as a uniformed guest shared the challenges of life for an average 18th-century American solider.
The March 27 visit from Old Barracks Museum historical interpreter Asher Lurie is part of research being done by Courtney Ferraro’s fifth-grade students as they write and produce videos on the impact the American Revolution had on 18th century New Jerseyans.
Lurie used costuming and artifacts to bring to life a typical Revolutionary War soldier, highlighting the story of the Battle of Trenton, which was a turning point in the nation’s fight for independence. Using information from a field trip to Morristown National Historical Park and expert visitors to the classroom, the students will write, act in and produce three videos about aspects of the American Revolution in New Jersey.
Besides the Battle of Trenton, the student videos will feature the life of a spy and a family’s life during the Revolution.
The project is sponsored by the Crossroads of the American Revolution National Heritage Area, New Jersey Education Association and Morristown National Historical Park. The Old Barracks Museum, located in Trenton, preserves the history of a building that was built as a French and Indian War military barracks and used as a Revolutionary War Patriot hospital.