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Students Experience History During Mountain Man Day

History came alive on Feb. 11 at Halls Middle School, as students and teachers in social studies classes held Mountain Man Living History Day, a tradition at the school that demonstrates life during the westward expansion of the U.S. The event was organized by teachers Michael Cato, Barbara Hunt, Jarrod Pendergraft and Ted Williams. 

Traditionally, Mountain Man Day includes a recreation of an authentic camp, stories and tall tales told by teachers and others in period costumes and demonstrations and displays of tools, traps and other necessities used by Mountain Men. Students in eighth-grade social studies learn about the history and impact Mountain Men had, not only on U.S. Westward Expansion but also on the global economy in the early-mid 19th century.
 
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Halls High School social studies teachers, (L to R) Jarrod Pendergraft, Michael Cato and Ted Williams dress in period costumes to recreate history during Mountain Man Day at Halls Middle School on Feb. 11.
During Mountain Man Day, Michael Cato, a social studies teacher at Halls Middle School, explains to eighth-grade students about the changes and improvements in gun technology, from flintlock to caps lock.