Day 2

18 May

Brett's foot after Day 2!

Brett Kelley is continuing his adventure as a Confederate solider marching from Fredericksburg, VA to Harrisburg, PA. Unfortunately he has encountered a few storms and blisters along the way during this past day. Brett also visited the Graffiti House and Kelly’s Ford during day 2. At the right side of the webpage is updated photos from day 2 and a video of Brett at Salem Church. Please check back tomorrow for day 3!


Day 1

17 May

Brett setting up camp for the night.

Brett Kelley has successfully completed his first day of marching! His first day he marched through Fredericksburg,VA. He walked through the battle field of Chancellorsville during his journey. He sent up camp in Fredericksburg near the Rapidan River. Please check out the pictures, videos, and journal entries on the right side of the web page! Keep checking back for more updates!

Brett is Getting Ready, and the Game is Here!

12 May

Brett Kelley is readying himself for his amazing journey by foot from Fredericksburg, VA to Harrisburg, PA. He’ll start off at the Sergeant Kirkland Monument at Fredericksburg and end at the “Moment of Mercy” statue at the National Civil War Museum on May 30th. He’s already made the TV news.

Meanwhile, the alternate reality game “The Jewel of the Valleys” has kicked off with the discovery of this bizarre document in the archives of the Museum.

If you’re a teacher, we’d love you to join The Jewel of the Valleys wiki page, where students and teachers can collaborate on the exciting mystery by sharing information, solving puzzles, analyzing documents, and perhaps bragging a bit?

This poster (above)  also would work well for driving student and public interest in the game (with a QR Code for smartphone/tablet users).

Of course, anyone can play, and the clues will start rolling in on May 15th, the eve of Brett’s departure. You’ll also find this and this quite useful in the game!

Stay tuned, and have fun, and as the mysterious document says..

Civil War Alternate Reality Game in May 2011!

23 Mar

For teachers and students throughout the world: There will be an educational Civil War “alternate reality” game beginning May 15th, 2011, hosted by the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA.

The game, titled “The Jewel of the Valleys,” is being run in support of the fundraiser “In Their Footsteps: On the March in Pennsylvania,” which benefits the education department of the Museum.

The game will run the length of the fundraiser, in which the brave museum curator, Brett Kelley, will again choose to live the life of a Civil War soldier for two weeks. Last year, Brett chose to live outdoors as a Union soldier (and it coincided with two of the nastiest northeastern blizzards) last February. This year, Brett will be traveling as a Confederate soldier by foot from Fredericksburg, VA to Harrisburg.

The game will kick off with a “QR code” and web address being sent to educators and students around the country. The website will detail a dark and mysterious puzzle to be solved through the use of Civil War era communication technologies and authentic Civil War documents in the Museum’s archives.

Students may work collaboratively are on their own to follow the mystery. The  ultimate objective of the game is to solve the mystery of “The Jewel of the Valleys.” The winner(s) of the game will be announced as Brett reaches the end of his journey- the Civil War Museum in Harrisburg.

How can teachers get their students involved? Make contact by following the National Civil War Museum on Facebook or on Twitter (@NCWM), follow Brett Kelley on Twitter (@cwsoldier24_7), or subscribe to this blog.

This blog will also hail the beginning of the game, and it has been rumored that the mysterious force behind the “Jewel of the Valleys” game may even have social media accounts for students to follow!

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