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Students actively learn Texas history
This year, Texas history at La Vernia Junior High School has become much more than just textbook knowledge.
The seventh-grade students have experienced history firsthand this year. In October, J. T. Thomas invited the students to visit and tour the historic Brahan Lodge. Then, in December, they experienced what life was like in Texas during the 1800s through a presentation by John Potter.
At the Brahan Lodge, Mr. Iebreon took students on a tour explaining the unique structure and the local history of the lodge. The students learned that the stones used for building came from the Kicaster area, and that the building was used as one of the area’s first schools.
Upstairs, students were shown the wall murals that depicted the history of the Masonic Lodge. Mr. Iebreon told how a man who needed a place to stay had repaid the hospitality of the Masonic Lodge members by painting the pictures during his stay. The members did not see the murals until after the man left. Mr. Iebreon’s presentation impressed all classes.
John Potter brought history to life in his presentation on Texas during the 1800s. As a living historian, he came dressed in the authentic clothing of the Texas Ranger. He demonstrated the skills and tools any Texas Ranger or settler would need in the 1800s.
Students were amazed at the flint and char-paper firestarter, surprised by the food needed, and awed by the weapons used at that time. Mr. Potter explained about the Texas Rangers’ early beginnings, and students participated in several demonstrations, ranging from unraveling rope for the firestarter to playing popular games from that time period.
Yes, Texas history has become an active learning experience for the La Vernia seventh-graders. Both presentations brought history and its importance to the students in a unique way. Students and faculty wish to thank Mr. Thomas, Mr. Iebreon, and Mr. Potter for bringing Texas history to life.
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