Arkansas History Students Hear Stories, See Ancient Artifacts

As guest speaker Tom Wing shared stories of the past, vivid images passed through the minds of Ms. Mixon’s 7th grade Arkansas History students in January. Ms. Mixon’s students had been studying the first people in Arkansas from the Paleo people (9500 BC-8000 BC) to the Mississippian Culture (900-1541).

During his presentation, Mr. Wing shared artifacts that ancient people used in hunting for food.

“Several students seemed to really enjoy being able to actually touch the tools,” Ms. Mixon said. “He also mentioned the connection to the date he presented and its place in history, which was the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau camp by Soviet troops.”

Many students made connections with the topic of the concentration camps and the Holocaust books they have been reading, such as The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

“I liked the presentation Mr. Wing gave us about the concentration camps and how majority of the people in the camp where Jews,” Daniela Alvarado, 7th, said.