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Waterford, Virginia
Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student
For Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student, middle schoolers created films on-site at national parks. Image courtesy of Journey Through Hallowed Ground.
For Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student, middle schoolers created films on-site at national parks. Image courtesy of Journey Through Hallowed Ground.

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. JTHG 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. With funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, JTHG developed the Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student Service Learning Project. This nationally-recognized, award-winning educational program commemorated the sesquicentennial anniversary of the Civil War by offering local students the chance to immerse themselves in American history and heritage while developing original videos exploring historical sites.

“[The program] forced students to work together, depend on each other, and take leadership roles. It was amazing to see the depth of their knowledge, the ideas they came up with.”
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