Petersburg National Battlefield has obtained a new mobile education trailer, designed to transport hands-on materials, clothing, and period items to schools, community events, outreach activities, or any group that wants to learn more about the Civil War and about the park.
The park’s education specialist, Leslie McClammy, designed and outfitted the trailer with “Parks as Classroom” funds. The trailer focuses on the period of Civil War to civil rights, with information about these specific topics and everything in between.
The idea is that the trailer will condense the park’s 2,659 acres and the scientific and historical educational opportunities if offers into an eighteen by seven by eight-foot trailer, providing a snapshot of how the resource can be used as a part of education. The trailer is fully self-contained with a generator, electricity, and air conditioning.
McClammy said she hopes teachers in the area will take advantage of the new opportunity to borrow some of the materials to use in their classrooms. The trailer also offers the students a chance to get out and try on clothing, play with Civil War era games and toys and a chance to see what life was like for soldiers during the Siege of Petersburg.