JEFFERSON CITY -- Fourth grade students from the Alton School District made a trip to Jefferson City March 15 to visit the Missouri State Archives, a division of the Secretary of State's office.
Alton fourth grade teacher Anne Oesch said the trip was made to learn about Missouri history through a theatrical performance known as Archives Alive.
"In past years, our fourth graders always made the trip, but the last few years, we have not been able to attend," Oesch said. She said the classes of Julie Thompson, Cheryl Walsh, Holly Reese and her class of fourth graders made the trip.
The teacher said Achieves Alive is a 45-minute performance that traces Missouri history from its territorial days to the present, and is made up of Jefferson City performers, including Jayne Duckkmann and Laura Morris who are known across the state for their theatrical educational performances.
The pair bring historical stories to life by telling them through the voices of early settlers and famous Missourians.
The Alton students were part of more than 4,000 fourth through sixth grade students from across the state experiencing the educational performance in Jefferson City this year. The students also had the opportunity to tour the Missouri State Achives, the state's largest historical repository.
"It is a pleasure to see these young Missourians at the State Archives and to watch their reaction to the innovative performance's unique interpretation of Missouri's past," the secretary of state said. "Watching the students have fun while learning about history is inspiring."