Friday, October 9, 2015
Last month Palatka was again occupied by Union forces. And some Confederates. And a family from 1863. And 240 school children.
|Civil War canon brought from Fort Clinch for the event|
|Photo by Mandi Tucker|
|courtesy of www.mapleleafshipwreck.com|
The Maple Leaf tarp is painted with the ship wreck's site plan. The kids experience "diving" to discover "artifacts" (wooden blocks with pictures of actual items found on the wreck), then identify and map them. They not only learn about the Maple Leaf, but also about the job of a maritime archaeologist and the importance of context and mapping when uncovering a site.
The kids were very engaged with the exercise, but I had the canon going off every 10 minutes to ensure that they were kept on their toes!
Photos (except where noted) and Text by FPAN Staff, Robbie Boggs