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North Bend Elementary students look at a display of items from the Civil War last year[2017]. The historical event will be presented to students and the public this year on April 18

Civil War Day returns April 18

by Mary Le Arneal
Published 4/11/1

The Civil War is returning to NBC.

On April 18, North Bend Central will be hosting a day-long educational experience focused on the American Civil War at the high school.

The War Between the States was the most costly and most defining conflict in American history. NBC’s Civil War day has been created to bring the history off the page and provide a real life, hands-on experience for elementary, middle and high school students, and the North Bend community.

The presenters are a collection of people put together by NBC history teachers Ken Streff and Dan Wright.

“They do not do this all together anywhere else,” Wright said. “They are all people we have met over the years who have agreed to take a day off of work to come help teach about a time period they are passionate about.”

The event will run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. with 15-minute presentations for students at eight stations.

The public is invited to visit from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., when presenters will be available to answer questions and talk further about their areas of expertise. At 1 p.m. a second series of 15-minute sessions will begin, running until 3 p.m.

The event will feature presentations and displays showing different aspects of life during the Civil War. There will be a soldier camp, a telegraph station, a museum quality armaments display, soldier training and marching, an artillery display, music and photography, as well as a field hospital.

This is the second year that NBC has hosted this event. Weather permitting, this year it will be held on the practice field just west of the school. Please enter along the south side of Tiger Arena, and check in at the HQ tent just inside the fence. In case of rain, it will be moved indoors with entrance at Tiger Arena.

“Last year’s event was really good,” Wright said. “We had hoped to be outside but the weather didn’t cooperate. I’m hopeful we can be outdoors this year, as it will really add to the experience. We’ve added some new features to this year’s event and have made some changes that should improve things if we are forced indoors again.”

The event is funded by the NBC Foundation.

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