Journey . . . A Living History Drama
The action focuses on the children so that third and fourth graders can more readily identify with the events as they unfold. Adults figure in the events, but remain off-stage with only their voices or references to them heard. The dialogue involves a description of the journey provided by Martha and Pearl in response to the eager questions of the Kelton children.
Marthas Journey answers these questions: What was it like to travel the Underground Railroad? What would you eat? How would you keep warm? Whom could you trust? What was the Fugitive Slave Law? What would happen to you if you were caught? The dialogue explores the Underground Railroad from the point of view of children, both the fugitives who traveled it and the children of agents and stationmasters.
The primary focus of the living history presentation is to create an environment where students will hear, taste, smell, and feel the danger involved for both the fugitives and those aiding them. This is underscored by Pearl's decision to leave Columbus and travel farther north. Marthas Journey concludes with an opportunity for interactive discussion concerning the action and the issues presented.
make a reservation for Marthas Journey,
please call Kelton House Underground Railroad Educational Coordinator
Mary Oellermann at (614) 464-2022 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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