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BURRITT ON THE MOUNTAIN

Dr.Burritt: Green Before His Time

This presentation is a virtual field trip of Burritt on the Mountain: A Living Museum in Huntsville, AL on Monte Sano Mountain. Dr. Burritt, a homeopathic physician, was a pioneer of “green” construction and sustainable living. Students will discuss Dr. Burritt, as a homeopathic physician, a conservationist, and how he incorporated durable, salvaged, recycled and sustainably harvested materials for the construction of his home. $125

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Slaves to Soldiers: A history of the Buffalo Soldiers

The African American involvement in American military operations during the 19th century was significant and essential. This program looks at the progression of the African American soldier beginning as a slave, to a Civil War soldier, and then later as a Buffalo Soldier. We will discuss African American contributions to the Civil War, Westward Expansion, and the Spanish-American War. Students will learn about the United States Colored Troops, the Buffalo Soldiers, and the Buffalo Soldiers involvement in the Spanish American War. During the Civil War, the Union Army held slaves as contraband. These people served as cooks, washers, cleaners, construction workers, earthen works builders, and laundresses. After the Emancipation Proclamation ex-slaves signed up and served in the Union Army as American soldiers and freedmen. Many historians suggest that the Emancipation Proclamation and the enlistment of freedmen assisted the Union with winning the Civil War because this action contributed over 200,000 new soldiers to the war effort. African Americans quickly demonstrated they were excellent soldiers contrary to commonly held stereotypes. Throughout the Civil War African America soldiers were given the most challenging and difficult tasks, and they swiftly accomplished their assignments and fought bravely. In 1866 Congress created a law that formed two African American cavalry units and four African American infantry units. The federal government also wanted to provide jobs and military positions for former United States Colored Troops (USCT) soldiers and freedmen. These soldiers became known as the Buffalo Soldiers. Many of the veterans who fought in the USCT during the Civil War formed these new units. Many freedmen and other African Americans joined the units as well. These regiments were created to protect settlers and their cattle interests out West, to fight and assist in the Indians wars, and to protect railroad construction and travel. During the Spanish Amer

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