Dressed in their Colonial best, members of the Mount Evans Chapter of the Colorado Society of the Sons of the American Revolution helped Warder Elementary School students kick off their study of the …
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Dressed in their Colonial best, members of the Mount Evans Chapter of the Colorado Society of the Sons of the American Revolution helped Warder Elementary School students kick off their study of the American Revolution.
Robert Hampton and Steve DeBoer, of Littleton, and Mike Coyner, of Conifer, made two Patriot Chest presentations Dec. 3. Using a box, or “chest,” that contains replicas of items used during the colonial period, the SAR members, called compatriots, describe the events that led to the Revolutionary War, as well as life in the colonial period and in the Continental Army.
Each compatriot was dressed in the uniform of a Continental soldier, with a coat of blue faced with red or white and tricorn hats. Sgt. Mike had a replica of a Revolutionary War drum that he demonstrated for the students. The compatriots took items from the Patriot Chest, discussed them and passed them among the students. They also told stories about the Revolutionary War period and answered the students' questions.
“These were some of the best classes that I have been privileged to present to,” Coyner said in a news release. “The students paid attention through the presentations, asked excellent questions and were engaged during the entire time. The teachers seemed to appreciate this effort as the kickoff for the students' study of the colonial period.”
The Mt. Evans Patriot Chest program continues year-round reaching students and community members.
“It is a real joy for us to be able to share with students the life of people in the colonial period and what led them to rebel against England and eventually earn the independence that we all enjoy today,” Hampton, Chair of the Mt. Evans Patriot Chest Committee and coordinator of the presentations, said in the release. “So far this year, we have made over 44 presentations at 11 schools and community events, reaching over 2,000 students. The high point was a two-day program with three tents at Cresthill Middle School in Highlands Ranch earlier this year where we made presentations to over 450 students.”
To arrange for a presentation at your school or community event, contact Hampton at firstname.lastname@example.org, subject “Patriot Chest.”
The Mt. Evans Chapter represents those members of the Sons of the American Revolution living in the Denver metro area and is one of five chapters in the Colorado Society. The Sons of the American Revolution, the largest male lineage organization in the United States, consists of 50 societies with more than 500 local chapters, several international societies and almost 39,000 members.
Each SAR member has documented his relationship to someone who either fought in or supported the Revolutionary War. The compatriots in the Denver area are members of the Mt. Evans Chapter.
Mt. Evans Chapter compatriots participate in parades and flag raisings with members dressed in Colonial uniforms and often carrying replica muskets of the period. It also gives Patriot Chest presentations to schools, scout packs and community meetings.
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