Students at Eubanks Intermediate School school recently had the opportunity to “meet” Thomas Jefferson.
Students actually met Colonial Williamsburg’s Bill Barker, who has been interpreting Jefferson for more than 20 years, but Barker’s appearance, manner of dress, speaking and total immersion into the character cause those who see him to believe he is the third president of the United States in the flesh. On Wednesday, Feb. 22 students filled the Eubanks Intermediate School cafeteria to listen to Mr. Jefferson. He discussed living in Colonial America, his role in the American Revolution and writing the Declaration of Independence.
Barker as Jefferson is a hit with students from elementary to university age, using a first-person technique he has perfected through years of research and practice, conversing as if it were the 18th century, and feigning surprise and confusion at cell phones and Twitter – all the while making the lessons of the American Revolution clearly relevant to today’s students.
Eubanks Intermediate is located at 500 South Kimball Avenue in Southlake. The public was welcome to attend. Faculty and campus administration attended the event as well.
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