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ERIC Number: EJ878908
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0037-7724
"Since You Asked": Remembering America's Veterans
Hatch, Barbara
Social Education, v74 n2 p67-68 Mar-Apr 2010
The Arizona Heritage Project began in 2003 when the Salt River Project (SRP) celebrated its centennial. This Arizona utility sponsored five student groups engaged in documenting Arizona history. Cactus Shadows High School in Cave Creek, Arizona--an old cowboy town about 20 miles north of Phoenix--was one of the recipients of a $3,000 grant to archive the town's Christmas Pageant, which began as a 4-H project in 1952 but ended in 2001 when the community changed. After the students videotaped 35 participants in the pageant, including the first Mary who is now in her 70s, Cave Creek resurrected the pageant in 2004. In 2004, SRP renewed its support of students documenting local history. The author applied and was accepted to preserve the stories of Arizona's military veterans, with whom she had become involved through Ralph George's Veterans in the Classroom program. While the author and her students had been content with merely publishing a brochure in 2004, in 2005, they made the leap to publishing a book. Sixty-five interviews later, the first edition of "Since You Asked: Arizona Veterans Share Their Memories" went to press. The Arizona Heritage Project brings together all the author's skills. Not only do students learn the power of oral history, they acquire the skills of interviewing, transcribing, organizing, writing, and editing. They have addressed veteran and teacher groups. They write letters to the veterans. They have performed stage plays. They are "ambassadors" abroad. Their high school education comes full circle. They become better citizens of this great country. The veterans share more than their military service. They teach the students the cost of living in a free society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 11; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arizona