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Fort Ligonier plans new program for homeschooled students

Mary Pickels
| Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, 1:12 p.m.
The new history education center at Fort Ligonier is site of the museum's first annual Seven Year's War Symposium April 7-8.
Dan Speicher | Tribune-Review
The new history education center at Fort Ligonier is site of the museum's first annual Seven Year's War Symposium April 7-8.

Fort Ligonier is planning a winter session created for homeschooled students entitled "Why America is Free."

The 12-week program will be held 9 a.m.-noon Thursdays from Jan. 4 to March 22 at the fort's new Center for History Education.

"This program is an in-depth, hands-on study of the French and Indian War through the American Revolution. The curriculum has been adapted to meet standards and requirements of Pennsylvania history and early American History for homeschool students," says Mary Manges, Fort Ligonier's director of education, in a news release.

Students will develop an 18th century persona, become familiar with the etiquette practices of the 1700s, learn a colonial dance, and gain insight into the overwhelming odds colonists faced in gaining independence. Students will become immersed in colonial life through weekly lessons and hands-on activities. The program will conclude with Patriot Day, with students and their families experiencing a day in the life as citizens of the colonial era.

The new Fort Ligonier Center for History Education provides an expanded learning space, with a dramatic view of the 1758-1766 British fort. Students also will explore six new galleries and exhibits at the fort's recently completed French and Indian War Museum. New features include a reverse timeline, the Forbes Road exhibit, the History Gallery, the Archaeology and Reconstruction Gallery, the reinterpretation of the St. Clair Parlor, and the George Washington Gallery, which includes one-of-a-kind artifacts owned by the nation's first president.

Parents are welcome but not required to attend.

Fee is $75 per student and registration is requested by Dec. 8.

Details: 724-238-9701 or

Mary Pickels is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-836-5401 or or via Twitter @MaryPickels.

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