On Sunday, September 23, students took a field trip that included visits to two museums, the Peshtigo Fire Museum, and the EAA Museum.
The Peshtigo museum chronicles the deadliest fire in US history, which took place on October 8, 1871. The fire roared through Peshtigo and surrounding areas, ultimately burning 2,400 acres and killing over 2,000 people. Students read first-hand accounts of the fire and visited a cemetery where some of the victims were buried, including a mass grave of over 350 who could not be identified. The museum also contained exhibits on life in late 19th century Wisconsin.
Students next visited the museum of the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh. The museum contains over 90 original and replica planes, including the smallest manned monoplane, the Baby Bird, and a number of WWII planes. Volunteer tour guides told the stories of brave pilots who pushed technology forward.
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