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History Comes Alive! Youth Engagement in Local History Through the Arts

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Over the last two decades, the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts has paired youth engagement, the study of local history & heritage and creative, dramatic self-expression through its signature History Comes Alive! program. In partnership with the Shelburne Museum, the Ethan Allen Homestead, Shelburne Farms and the Rokeby Museum, the Flynn has offered a youth summer program in which youth spend a week learning about and dramatizing the lives of people from a particular era in Vermont. Through improvisation, students develop real and fictional costumed characters who respond to the challenges of the time, a process that augments understanding of and a passion for history.