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SLIDESHOW: Teachers Take Trek Back in Time To Learn About Civil War, Framingham's History

Framingham History Center brought the Civil War era to life for teachers with its In the Footsteps of a Civil War Hero: A Walking Tour of General Gordon's Framingham

Framingham resident Jennifer Toth, dressed in Civil Ware-era garb, took 19 teachers on a guided tour of Framingham's history through the eyes of General Gordon Wednesday, July 9. Credit: Susan Scully Petroni
Framingham resident Jennifer Toth, dressed in Civil Ware-era garb, took 19 teachers on a guided tour of Framingham's history through the eyes of General Gordon Wednesday, July 9. Credit: Susan Scully Petroni
For the second year, Framingham History Center is offering a special workshop for educators on the Civil War and its connections with Framingham.

From Framingham to the Battlefield and Back: A Civil War Teacher Training Workshop offers teachers, from elementary to high school, the opportunity to interactively learn about history, and what Framingham has to offer historically.

This year, 19 educators are participating in the program.

Wednesday, July 10, history was brought to life for the educators. 

In the Footsteps of a Civil War Hero: A Walking Tour of General Gordon's Framingham is a 45-minute tour of nine stops around the Framingham Centre Common.

Stops include the Academy Building, First Parish, Scott Hall, Gordon Family homestead, Gordon's barn, the Charles R Train house, Plymouth Church and Edgell Memorial Library.

Framingham resident and History Center volunteer Jennifer Toth, dressed in Civil War-era garb, started the tour yesterday.

Afterwards, the educators encountered Hopkinton resident Charles Greene, portraying General George Gordon during the Civil War, and Steve Mayer and Bill McColgan as Congressman Charles Train and Gen. Gordon in a post-civil war time.

On Friday, Framingham storyteller Libby Frank will make a presentation as Julia Ward Howe, to the teachers.

Howe, an abolitionist and activist, was inspired to write the The Battle Hymn of the Republic, after visiting President Lincoln in the White House, with her husband.

The first public singing of The Battle Hymn of the Republic was in  Plymouth Church in Framingham on February 22, 1862. 

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