Honey Springs began hosting Education Day back in the early 90’s and since then it has grown each year to now 1,800 students being pre-registered for this year.
“There are currently 1,808 total students registered to attend, which is by far the most we’ve had pre-register in almost seven years,” Director of Honey Springs said.
The current list of schools and homeschools attending education day include: Education Day Schools, Arrival and Departure Times: Arrival Time: 9:00 a.m.
Departure Time: Checotah Middle School (150 students) First Group 10:30 a.m.
Eufaula Middle School (175 students) 1:00 p.m.
Checotah Intermediate School (95 students) 1:15 p.m.
Victory Christian Middle School (160 students) 1:30 p.m.
Christina Thetford Homeschool (70) 2:00 p.m.
Classical Conversations Homeschool (20 students) 2:00 p.m.
Classical Conversations Homeschool (30 students) 2:00 p.m.
Wonder and Grace Academy (3 students) 3:00 p.m.
Classical Conversations Owasso East (50 students) 3:00 p.m Grijalva Homeschool (7 students) 3:00 p.m.
CCM Homeschool (28 students) 3:00 p.m.
Jones Unity Homeschool (3 students) 3:00 p.m.
Arrival Time: 9:15 a.m.
Departure Time: Carlton Landing School (24 students) 2:15 p.m.
Arrival Time: 9:30 a.m.
Departure Time: Summit Christian Academy (50 students) 1:00 p.m.
Aron Samwel Homeschool (2 students) 2:00 p.m.
Compass Homeschool Initiative (20 students) 1:30 p.m.
Checotah High School (100 students) 11:30 a.m.
Arrival Time: 9:45 a.m.
Departure Time: Bearden Elementary (27 students) 1:00p.m.
Arrival Time: 10:00 a.m.
Departure Time: Tahlequah Schools (35 students) 1:00 p.m.
Hodgen Public Schools (45 students) 1:00 p.m.
Sage Homeschool (10 students) 2:00 p.m.
Roadrunner Academy (10 students) 3:00 p.m.
Muskogee Homeschool (20 students) 1:00 p.m.
Edmond South Classical Conversations (100 students) 2:00 p.m.
Allen Public Schools (75 students) 2:00 p.m.
Bartlesville Adventure Homeschool Group (20 students) 2:00 p.m.
Arrival Time: 10:30 a.m.
Departure Time Wild Roots Homeschool Group Co-op (50 students) 2:30 p.m.
Wainwright Schools (40 students) 2:30 p.m.
Yarborough Academy (5 students) 2:00 p.m.
Arrival Time:11:00 a.m.
Departure Time: Summit Christian Academy (53 students) 1:00 p.m.
Oklahoma Adventure Kids (175 students) 3:00 p.m.
Geary Homeschool (6 students) 2:00 p.m.
Arrival Time: 12:30 p.m.
Departure Time: Checotah Middle School (150 students) 2:00 p.m.
Total Registered= 1,808 students “Education Day is a great way to include living history stations that represent 19th century military and civilian skills, such as the laundresses that accompanied the soldiers, the Sanitation Commission that promoted clean and healthy lifestyles while on the march and in camp, basic military life, infantry, artillery, cavalry, music, and marching drills,” Lynn said. “Other living history stations will include the history of the First Kansas Colored Volunteer Infantry Regiment (the first African American Regiment to see combat in the entire Civil War) which played a huge role at Honey Springs where Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole Nation warriors were fighting to reclaim their land and much more.
“The Friends of Honey Springs have always played a major role in our Civil War demonstration weekend, including Education Day. We are so grateful for their many years of service and assistance. They have been the heartbeat of the event for over 30 years.
“It takes so many volunteers, including around 20-30 Friends of Honey Springs volunteers, around 20-30 Oklahoma Historical Society staff members, and all of the re-enactors, which number in the hundreds, to make everything happen. We will have around 250 re-enactors in attendance from Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Texas, Kentucky, Kansas, Michigan, and other places across the country.
“My favorite part of the weekend is witnessing thousands of students and visitors learn about one of the most crucial periods in our state’s history. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the weekend to not only learn about this important part of our history, but to experience the sights, smells, movements, and actions of soldiers and civilians who lived during the 19th-Century. There is nowhere else in Oklahoma to experience a weekend such as this on this large of a scale.”
Education Day will be Friday, November 3. Then starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, numerous living historians will provide hands-on examples of life during the 19th century leading up to the battle demonstrations, which take place at 1 p.m. each day. This biannual event includes two battles and selfguided tours through Union, Confederate, and civilian camps. The cost for Saturday and Sunday will be $10 for adults, and children ages 12 and under are free. There will also be numerous vendors and sutlers where visitors can purchase food and period reproduction items.
The Battle of Honey Springs documentary will also make its television debut on PBS at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 2.