A Colorado-Based 501-C3 Non-Profit Corporation
You now have the opportunity to experience American history in a personal way!
FAQ's (Frequently Asked Questions)
|Q: What do students learn from participating in the YCLH battle recreation?||A: In addition to learning a great deal about American History, they learn self-control, which serves them past the day of the re-enactment. Teachers in subsequent grades say that they can tell which students went through the YCLH program and which did not. The students who did participate are reported to be more mature and focused, than those who did not. Students also learn about gun safety, respect for others, and much more.|
|Q: Does the program seem expensive?||A: Whether a program is considered “expensive” or not must be measured against the value received. The methods by which history is usually taught in school often leaves the kids thinking that history is dull and unimportant and the result is they do not want to learn more about it. Parents often say to us, “If they would have had something like this when I was in school, I would have loved history.” As a 501c-3 non-profit, our goal is to educate, not to make a profit.|
|Q: How do schools fund the program?||A: Often, teachers will begin by sending questionnaires to the parents [which contain a description of the program benefits] and ask if they support the program. Parents are usually able to fund their own child’s fee. Sometimes, grants are applied for and received. Fundraisers, such as bake-sales, have been used. Many times, the PTO can provide some funding. YCLH has sponsored students who cannot afford the participation fee. Many schools use some combination of these ideas.|
|Q: Every year, thousands of students are injured across America participating in normal school activities, including sporting events, or even on the playground. How is it possible 100,000-plus students, for more than 20 years, no student has ever been injured while participating in a YCLH program?||A: No real weapons are used. Students are taught to be respectful and careful and they are trained to perform the re-enactment safely.|
|Q: Why participate in a battle re-enactment? Why not have the kids re-enact, say, the signing of the Declaration of Independence or learn to make candles of the colonial era?||A: These fine activities should be performed as a hands-on way of getting kids interested in the past. Yet recreating a battle does even more to fire up the imagination. In some cases, American History changed dramatically due to the outcome of certain battles, such as Saratoga, Antietam or Gettysburg. While learning some things the soldiers learned, the students gain an appreciation for the hardships and sacrifices of those who fought for our freedoms. The marches are tiring and the equipment is heavy. Students discover that being in a re-enactment can be fun, but that participating in a real battle would not be fun at all.|
|Q: What happens in a soldier talk?||A: a uniformed, period soldier will arrive at your school. Students are invited to ask questions, the soldier’s equipment is explained, and there is usually music and storytelling. Very fun!|
|You Can Live History Contact information|
|Mailing address:||You Can Live History
1508 S. Laredo Ct.
Aurora, CO 80017