Recognized by Congress as a National Heritage Area, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground (JTHG) is a 180-mile corridor from Gettysburg, Pennsylvania through Maryland and Harpers Ferry, West Virginia to Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Journey Through Hallowed Ground promotes and supports civic engagement through history education, economic development through heritage tourism, and the preservation of cultural landscapes in one of the nation’s most important historic regions. Funded with an NEH grant, the Journey Through Hallowed Ground’s Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student Service Learning Project is a nationally recognized, award-winning educational program that offered students a full immersion in American history and heritage. Onsite at one of the Journey Through Hallowed Ground National Heritage Area partner locations, middle school students brought to life the stories of those who came before them in videos that they wrote, produced, shot, and edited under the guidance of JTHG professionals. The resulting mini-movies offer a permanent record of the students’ personal experiences and interpretations.
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