History in the Real World

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During the month of September, Ms. Hobson’s U.S. History students experienced “living” history.  We were pleased to welcome Dr. Mary Socci to our class to aid us in our study of archeology and to present her findings from the archeological dig at Palmetto Bluff.    During her visit, the students learned how to map out a site, start the actual dig, and  identify artifacts.  They also were able to relate the artifacts to local history.  Our other visitor was Emory Campbell, a native of Hilton Head Island.  Mr. Campbell has made a significant contribution to the preservation of the Gullah culture of the Low Country.  He played  a pivotal role in the U.S. Congress’s designation of the Low Country as the Gullah-Geechee  Cultural Heritage Corridor.   Mr. Campbell is one of the six residents of Beaufort County who have been named “History Makers” by the U.S. Library of Congress in a collection of the nation’s largest African-American video oral history archive, dedicated to recording and preserving histories of well-known and unsung African-Americans.  During Mr. Campbell’s visit, the students learned first-hand about the history and culture of Hilton Head and the Gullah people and were able to meet and interact with this very extraordinary individual.  We are grateful to both of these professionals who took time to visit our classroom and make history come alive for the students.  Their presentations definitely enhanced the learning experience!