Archive for Wednesday, November 17, 2004

Students live history with Buffalo Soldiers

November 17, 2004

— Eighth-graders are used to reading and hearing about history; this week, Lansing Middle School eighth-graders got to see it in person when a group of Buffalo Soldiers visited the school.

Jofee Tremain, a history teacher at the school, invited members of the 9th and 10th Horse Cavalry Association, aka former Buffalo Soldiers, to speak to the students. Four members of the group's Greater Kansas City/Leavenworth chapter visited the school on Tuesday.

James Madison, president of the chapter, told students about the history of the Buffalo Soldiers and their start at Fort Leavenworth. His show-and-tell discussion included weaponry used by Buffalo soldiers, a talk about those who have served as Buffalo soldiers, including Jackie Robinson, who went on to break the color barrier in major league baseball, and a video presentation.

"We are in the middle of our KS history unit, and I felt it would be a neat idea to bring living history to the students instead of the students having to sit through another lecture," Jofee said after the presentation.

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