Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership is inviting teachers to participate in a professional development seminar on how to engage students in a service-learning program using primary source-based research.
Ancestry.com and its affiliates Fold3.com and AncestryK12.com are assisting with the program, which introduces students to primary source documents as they examine fallen Civil War soldiers from their home communities. The research also will be used for the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership’s Living Legacy Tree Planting Project, an initiative with the goal of planting one tree for each of the 620,000 fallen Civil War soldiers as a national memorial.
Students around the country already are conducting research on the lives of soldiers an sharing their findings through an interactive map online. This map identifies each tree planted through a geotag, which allows visitors the opportunity to learn the name and story of the soldier for whom the tree is planted. Entries can include photos, diary entries and letters home. To date, more than 300 students in Virginia, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Vermont have collected information on some 800 soldiers. More than 5,000 facts, images, and stories have been uploaded to the Honor Wall pages hosted by Fold3.com.