Coinciding with the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, this program helps students discover the impact of the War of 1812 in Washington, D.C. with a special focus on the White House and Dolley Madison's famed flight. The program also makes connections to naval war hero Stephen Decatur, who built Decatur House after the war. Each student will step back in time and research and play the role of an historic figure in Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812 as part of a costumed reenactment. In conclusion to the program, each class receives a DVD of their filmed production.

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Within the real historic spaces of Decatur House, students engage in critical thinking to answer these questions:




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Forged by Fire: Dolley Madison, the White House, and the War of 1812

Forged by Fire: Dolley Madison, the White House, and the War of 1812

Forged by Fire: Dolley Madison, the White House, and the War of 1812