Rev. Dr. R. Edgar Bonniwell, the Cincinnati SAR Youth Programs Chairman, coordinated a Revolutionary War History program for the fifth grade students of Taylor Middle School in Cleves, Ohio. On Thursday, December 13th, compatriots Ballman, Bowers, Bredenfoerder and Gunn joined Dr. Bonniwell at the Taylor Middle School where they presented a full day of Revolutionary War curriculum.
The day started off with the compatriots doing a regimental drill and President Bredenfoerder then led the assembly in the singing of The Star Spangled Banner. Throughout the day the compatriots presented their individual 30 minute presentations to each of the five fifth grade classes. Compatriot Gregg Ballman talked to the students about the Declaration of Independence. Compatriot Bob Bowers presented the events that preceded and contributed to the Revolutionary War. President Jack Bredenfoerder spoke to the students about the life of an everyday Revolutionary War soldier and referenced the autobiographical writings of Patriot Joseph Plumb Martin. Compatriot Dr. Michael Gunn displayed a collection of Revolutionary memorabilia and spoke to the students about how the items were used by our patriot ancestors. Chairman Dr. Bonniwell made a rousing speech about the Victory at Yorktown and the surrender of British Lord General Cornwallis. The presentations were very interactive and the students had many questions for the compatriots.
The Cincinnati SAR speakers are available for similar educational presentations to area schools and civic organizations. Visit cincinnatisar.org <http://cincinnatisar.org> for contact information and details.