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September 21, 2013

Hands-on history

Students learn about French and Indian War and life on the frontier during Koh-Koh-Mah

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The Howard County man said he loves teaching people the history of it. It’s one of the least known wars out there, second only to the Spanish American War, he said.

That’s what Koh-Koh-Mah is all about — teaching and learning, he said.

“We’re not here to glorify war,” he said. “We’re here to study. We see a lot of history repeated, and repeated and repeated.”

History even repeated itself during the Revolutionary War. When that war happened, the British forgot what they learned during the French and Indian War. They forgot that they needed to fight the guerrilla-style warfare, Wilson said.

They refused to give up their more traditional ways.

“That arrogance cost them the war,” Wilson said. “That’s why we have our freedom.”

But Koh-Koh-Mah offers more than a look at the war. Friday, area school children learned about life on the frontier, too.

They played with 18th-century toys and learned how to cut wood with two-person saws.

Alisyn Tharp, a fourth-grader at Western Intermediate School, said she broke a sweat trying to use the saw. It wasn’t easy.

“But it was worth it,” she said.

She carried with her the chunk of wood she sawed off with the help of a classmate.

Allison’s classmate, Chloe Ciscell, said she couldn’t wait for the battle. She knew it was going to be exciting.

She might be scared, though. She screamed when she heard the cannons going off early in the day.

Wilson said the battle is a favorite among the kids.

“It seems they like the bang and boom,” he said. “It always seems to make them happy.”

Dan Segel used to serve as a French Marine in the mock battles. Now, the Detroit native settles for running his French trade gun booth instead.

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