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Clayton eighth-grade GEAR UP students visit Fort Smith National Historic Site

Eighth-grade GEAR UP students from Clayton recently visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Students viewed a short film of the history of the area and the fort. Following the film, students were led on a tour of the museum by Louanne Weir, volunteer with the National Park Service. The first stop on tour was the prison nicknamed “Hell on the Border.” Weir explained to the students that during the time of its use, the room held approximately 100 men year round with little ventilation and no running water. Prisoners drank from a small water barrel

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Clayton seventh-grade GEAR UP students visit Fort Smith National Historic Site

Clayton seventh-grade GEAR UP students recently visited the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. Students viewed a short film about the history of the area and the fort. Following the film, students went on a tour of the museum led by John Hagan, historian and docent. The first stop on tour was the prison nicknamed “Hell on the Border.” Students learned about the unpleasant living conditions that were found in prison and about how difficult life was for the prisoners. Hagan then gave students a short history lesson over the area and the relationship that existed between

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Panola GEAR UP students toured the Fort Smith National Historic Site

Panola seventh and eighth-grade GEAR UP students recently traveled to the Fort Smith National Historic Site in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Cody Faber, a Ranger at the Parks Department, was the guide. Students were led through the grounds where they saw first-hand where history was made. Students had read True Grit by Charles Portis, so they got a better understanding of the historical events. They toured the jail, Judge Parker’s courtroom, and the gallows. Students viewed a short film of the history of the area at the Fort. After the film, Ranger Faber provided some information about the relationships between deputies

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