Museum visit enhances classroom history lesson
Alanson eighth-graders Brianna Thrush (left) and Alyssa King get up-close and personal with a stuffed polar bear at the Dennos Museum in Traverse City. Alanson middle-schoolers (grades six-eight) recently took a field trip to the museum to view the Inuit and Discovery exhibits and watch the performance of the one woman show, ÒThe Spirit of Harriet Tubman,Ó by Leslie McCurdy.. (Photo courtesy of Brianna Thrush. / March 21, 2013)
The one-woman show by McCurdy shares the story of Tubman's childhood, her harrowing flight from slavery and her dedicated involvement with the Underground Railroad. The performance also revealed her victorious rescue mission during the Civil War, and her commitment to others in her later years. On stage, McCurdy uses only a trunk of costumes to tell Tubman's story. Liederbach felt the trip "enhanced the curriculum" for the eighth-graders, especially since they were studying U.S. history and learning about slavery.
During their visit to the Dennos Museum, the middle school students also visited the science interactive room and the Discovery Exhibit. Both eighth-grader Danielle Plastino and sixth-grader Arianna Phillips liked the science interactive room because "the mirror made you look like you were floating in the air." Eighth-grader Kyle Reed and seventh-grader Gage Hill found all of the exhibits and the performance "very interesting and cool." Seventh-graders Rachel Kroll and Dela Miller commented on McCurdy's performance as Harriet Tubman. Dela remarked that the performance was "very good" and Rachel added "Leslie McCurdy did a great job portraying Harriet's life, I enjoyed it immensely!"
Dale Clark is a senior at Alanson High School. He is the son of William and Frances Clark of Brutus.