October 16, 2014

BY JOHN D. HOMAN
Logan Media Services

CARTERVILLE – Some history buffs, along with children from five area schools turned out Wednesday for the 10th Annual Civil War Days hosted by John A. Logan College.

The college itself is named after a famous Civil War general and statesman.

“I was extremely pleased with the response from the kids and the general public,” said Dr. Barry Hancock, Associate Dean for community Education. “We had over 400 attendees between the activities at the college during the day and at the General John A. Logan museum in Murphysboro during the evening.”

Hancock said there were 15 living historians, in addition to General Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, who all provided a detailed knowledge and insight into specific events from the Civil War.

“It is always nice to see the reactions of the students at each of the demonstrations and know that they are not only learning much about our nation’s history, but also enjoying themselves,” he said.

Dr. Steve O’Keefe, Director of College Relations, has seen each of the 10 Civil War Days celebrations on campus and was impressed with the quality of the instruction.

“This is one of the many events that shows our campus in a positive light to potential students,” he said. “Dr. Hancock and his staff should be commended for continually working to make the event better each year. This event has proven to be a fun and informative day for all involved.”

Participating schools included: Washington School of Marion; Our Lady of Mount Carmel School of Herrin; Trinity Christian of Carbondale; Brehm Prep of Carbondale; and Christopher Elementary. Many other home-schooled children were also in attendance.