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Hamilton, History, and Hitting the Highway: #AtoZChallenge/#Mindful Monday for April 10, 2017

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Today’s Poetry Type:

Harrisham Rhyme:

 

Hidden History

When we fall in love, we dive right in

Not even hesitating to doubt

To wonder how much we might win

Or just how this will all turn out

Revolutionary, the way we begin

Yes, let’s learn what it’s all about!

 

So we play Hamilton in the car

On our way to touch history

Then and now merge where we are

We hear and feel, taste and see

Each exploration raises the bar

They were as alive as you and me.

 

Education doesn’t happen in a class

Not for us, the whiteboards and textbooks

They peek in at windows and roll in the grass

Touch the cannons at the overlooks

Hike the trails, look through the same window glass

Experiencing history in the hidden crevices and nooks.

Yes, that IS Alexander Hamilton's signature, and his sword hilt, as a matter of fact. Photo taken at Fort Ticonderoga, NY, October 2016.
Yes, that IS Alexander Hamilton’s signature, and his sword hilt, as a matter of fact. Photo taken at Fort Ticonderoga, NY, October 2016.

Schoolkids get field trips – we just get to go.

Where? Why? When?

Wherever we can get to – which has stretched from a transcontinental flight to spend ten days in Oregon, where my Accomplice’s family lives, to Washington, D.C. by car – and lots of other shorter trips, from weekends away with our friends in central New Jersey, to an annual unschooling campout in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

And then there are the local trips, which can happen on a whim – just because it’s something we want to do, or see, or go. We especially enjoy our state museum, which is less than an hour away. We usually go on weekday afternoons, when the place isn’t at all crowded, because most kids are in school.

This year, we’ve been taking advantage of our area and our love of Hamilton: An American Musical. We happen to live in upstate New York, near Albany, in the same area where the Schuyler family lived, and with a Revolutionary War battlefield almost literally in our backyard.

Examining history - Lise checks out an outdoor beehive oven at the General Philip Schuyler House, Schuylerville, NY, September 2, 2016.
Examining history – Lise checks out an outdoor beehive oven at the General Philip Schuyler House, Schuylerville, NY, September 2, 2016.

This fall included a visit to the Schuyler HouseGeneral Philip Schuyler’s working property in what is now Schuylerville; The Schuyler Mansion in Albany; Fort Ticonderoga, which was once under General Schuyler’s command; and Saratoga National Historical Park, where the “Turning Point of the American Revolution” occurred in 1777 (it was as the result of the American victory here, and General Burgoyne’s defeat, that French aid was secured).

We live in an area steeped in national history, and when we explore, it’s not to meet a curriculum, with the kids herded from here to there, to see what they’re scheduled to see, and listen to adults read them scripts about it. No, when we go, they are free to explore, to flit from this to that, to notice what they will, to range wide and delve deeply – and the learning they gain is their own, to do with as they please.

Which is, incidentally, very much the way it was for everyone, at the birth of our nation.

How about you? 

If you’re a parent, do you take your kids on just-for-fun historical explorations?

How and where do you go?

If you are child-free, do you have any special memories of historical explorations when you were a kid?

Hoping for more historical, hilarious, or hysterical H posts? Here’s what to do –  click here, or the icon below, to hop onto the A-Z Challenge Highway and help yourself!

Hop by tomorrow, and get a swift dash of inspiration!

This post is my Mindful Monday for this week. Find more mindfulness at Colleen Cheseboro’s A Mindful Journey.  Click this link, or the icon above, to get another helping or three of mindfulness,

Schuyler Mansion State Historical Site, Albany, NY, October 2016 - looking from the landing through the arch and to the front door from the back of the house.
Schuyler Mansion State Historical Site, Albany, NY, October 2016 – looking from the landing through the arch and to the front door from the back of the house.

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