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"Liberty Seed" history presentation coming to 4-H fairgrounds Monday

Friday, April 12, 2013

The Revolutionary War Veterans Association will be giving a "Liberty Seed" presentation April 15 at the Greene County 4-H Fairgrounds at 7 p.m.

Andrew Huffman, who has a master's degree in history and is a local social studies teacher, will be giving the presentation about the day that changed United States History -- April 19, 1775.

Huffman will be telling the story about the "Three Strikes" and detailing the "shot heard around the world", which kicked off the American Revolution.

The Liberty Seed presentation is a branch of Project Appleseed, which uses hands on experiences to learn more about the history of the United States of America.

"Project Appleseed is a nationwide organization that promotes heritage and encourages people to get active civically. We usually have two-day marksmanship clinic event. During breaks we would talk about the Battle of Lexington and Concord," Huffman explained.

Liberty Seed is a spin-off of the project, which focuses on the historical aspect of the Revolutionary War.

"Within the last couple years, we've taken the history lesson out of the marksmanship clinic and sent instructors around to tell this story," Huffman said.

The presentation will answer a series of questions that are often disputed, including when and where the American Revolution was fought and won; when and where did it start; what caused the British Army to break; who fired the first shots; and what Paul Revere really said in order to warn locals of the British invasion.

"There will be an opportunity to hear the real story of how their country's revolution began. As a social studies teacher, I can say with experience that the story of April 19 generally in a high school text book gets two-thirds and sometimes a whole page of text. That's actually quite a bit for a high school text book ... The United States is unique in that they can look at one single day and say we began here. Unfortunately that day is not a national holiday," Huffman said.

Huffman noted many people think the Appleseed Project focuses solely on the use of guns, but he said that is not the reason for the project. The project works to remind people of how their freedom came about. It just happens that in the 18th century owning a firearm was a sign of being a responsible citizen.

"If there was an able-bodied male who couldn't afford a firearm, they would hold town meeting. They would meet in the church and pass a hat around until the money was raised to purchase a firearm for the individual. There is good character and judgment that comes along with good marksmanship," Huffman said.

Troy Lawyer, owner of Indiana Army Surplus in Bedford, said he has attended several of these events, and it is important to keep history alive and inviting to our youth.

Lawyer said the program is a civics class in disguise, and he has attended seven of the shoots, and enjoyed listening to the retelling of the origin of our country.

"I don't know anything more patriotic going on in this country," Lawyer said.

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