Patriot Fair

On Friday, September 13th, Garfield students celebrated Constitution Day with their 3rd Annual Patriot Fair.  Students assembled in the gymnasium where they were met by descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers who hosted a myriad of exhibits for the students to experience the history of their country come alive.  

Students traveled with 'passports' through a series of hands-on experiences in which the talented presenters were dressed in time-period uniforms and outfits.  Experiences included authentic Revolutionary War Era relics such as cannonballs, musket balls, colonial currency, swords, muskets, cookware, clothing items and oral histories passed down from generations.  The following exhibits were presented to the students:

  1. Artifacts of the Late 18th Century
    • Michael Gunn presenter
  2. Washington's Crossing
    • Dan Schmitz presenter
  3. The Role of African-Americans in the Revolutionary War
    • Mark Holland presenter
  4. Brooklyn Heights Experience
    • Bob Bowers presenter
  5. Yorktown Experience 
    • Dr. Ed Bonniwell presenter
  6. George Washington Experience
    • Zachary Haines presenter
  7. Constitution Experience
    • Matthew Byrne presenter


In the words of Noah Webster, "Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country"


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