Wis. students explore Civil War through theater, trip to historic site

A group of Wisconsin high-school students, who recently viewed a Civil War-themed play by the Milwaukee Repertory Theater, visited the National Soldiers' Home Historic District, which opened after the war to care for sick and wounded soldiers. Many of the buildings -- which once served as hospital, theater, dorm, chapel and library -- were designed by local architects. "The strongest thread is theater. It's tying together history and social studies and community," said Jenny Toutant, the education director who organized the after-school program and trip.

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