Prairieview students learn history through the arts
Tuesday, Dec. 6, all 423 Prairieview School students boarded nine school buses and spent the day at the Iowa Historical Museum learning about World War II and the role Iowans played.
This school field trip was made possible thanks to a donation to the History through the Arts Program by United States Magistrate Judge Celeste F. Bremer. This unique learning opportunity included everything from discussion on how World War II influenced music of the era to a student lead Mock Trail.
On the second floor balcony, students listened as Iowa native John C. Phillips shared his story as an infantry solider who fought at the Battle of the Bulge, the largest and bloodiest battle of World War II. Students were engaged as he shared details of being ambushed by German soldiers then wounded five times my machine gun fire before becoming a prisoner of war and taken to a German camp.
On the main floor in the Cowles-Kruidenier Auditorium students had to opportunity to see a live performance of “In Their Own Words – World War II Stories from Iowa.” The play was created by the Iowa Historical Museum as a way to learn about history through the arts. Through the use of spoken word, digital imagery and lighting effects students were able to travel back in time and experience the journey from draft letter to atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan.
“This was an incredible opportunity for students to learn about an entire generation of Americans who are quickly disappearing and about an event that changed our world,” Praireview Principal Juley Murphy-Tiernan said.