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Festival Teaches Kids 200 Years Of Tenn. History

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Hundreds of middle Tennessee school children descended upon downtown Nashville for the annual Tennessee History Festival.

The history festival took place October 18 and 19 at the Bicentennial Capitol Mall in Nashville. The two day festival presented children the opportunity to learn about more than 200 years of Tennessee History. Children from the region were able to participate in hands-on, interactive exhibits presented by everyone ranging from Davy Crockett's descendants to ancestors of early Cherokee Indian who lived in Tennessee.

"I thought it was cool learning about the Cherokees because my Grandmother's Cherokee and she didn't even tell me anything that went on like that," said Katlynn Holt, a fifth grader at an area elementary school.

History teachers from around the area were also on hand for some of the demonstrations. One local teacher said the key was for the kids to be able to see these exhibits face to face.

"Yes it makes a world of difference to see it, to be able to really be able to picture (it)," said Chris Slater, a history teacher at Mt. Juliet Middle School. "Not just see something or read about it in a book, but to be able to see and experience the way the people lived and the way the people looked."

Dozens of interpreters were also there to demonstrate the weapons Tennesseans would have used during World War II.

Lieutenant Colonel Al Hulstrunk served as a glider pilot during World War II and left a lasting impression on young people by telling them about his wartime experiences.

"We could carry 14 troops… anything that weighed less than 3 tons (such as) a jeep, a hunter, (and a) tank destroyer."

Organizers hoped the festival would be a once in a lifetime experience for the children to learn by interacting with the exhibits.

"It represents humanity," said Jeff Wells, with the Tennessee History Festival. "It's also very sensory… so it's not just facts and figures- it's a true sensory experience."

Wells hoped by seeing and doing, visitors would gain a greater appreciation for our past.

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