Siouxland students learn from Thomas Jefferson

Students went to Orpheum theatre to get history lesson

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - History came to life for some Siouxland students.

Instead of receiving a history lesson in the classroom, education for these 5th and 8th graders from around the metro went to the Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday.

Among those giving the lesson was a former president.

The students got to have an open conversation with educators portraying younger and older versions of Thomas Jefferson.

"There's never a time that has been more necessary than right now that we remember our history. That we remember where we've been so we might better understand where we are because Jefferson knew in his day. It's an ancient adage, 'Man is only one generation removed from barbers. If he forgets, he falls backwards,'" says Bill Barker, a Thomas Jefferson actor.

Teachers say the program allowed the students to have fun while learning history.


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