Friday, Sep 11, 2009
The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation presented the ACHP Award for Federal Preserve America Accomplishment to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park, in partnership with Harpers Ferry Middle School and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership, for a groundbreaking service learning project called "Of the Student, By the Student, For the Student."
The award was presented by ACHP Chairman John L. Nau, III, at the quarterly business meeting held in the Cannon Caucus Room of the Cannon House Office Building. Nau was joined by Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Fish, Wildlife and Parks (and the Interior Secretary’s designate to the ACHP) Will Shafroth; and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Policy, Management, and Budget Robert G. Stanton, in making the presentations.
The Preserve America Award went to the first, unprecedented national effort completed by a federal agency, a historic preservation nonprofit organization, and a school under the Preserve America Service Learning Project. The three organizations enabled students to create six vodcasts centering on a middle school perspective of the John Brown Raid as it commemorates the 150th anniversary of an event crucial to touching off the Civil War. Walking in the footsteps of the raiders, using the places where the raid occurred, and primary historic documents, students interpreted the significance of the John Brown Raid to their peers and created the vodcasts to share their learning with visitors to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park and others interested in the John Brown Raid.