Oakville History Club to present research through interactive videoconference

The Oakville High School History Club is partnering with HEC-TV, St. Louis’ leading producer of education, arts and cultural television programming, to bring a unique learning experience to students across the country.

History Club members will share their primary source research on the Civil War with other schools through an interactive videoconference on March 8, according to a district news release.

The live program, “An Inside Look at the Civil War: Using Primary Sources to Increase Understanding,” will feature an excerpt from an artillery manual, a poem written by a cavalryman and letters and photos from the Civil War presented by the OHS History Club. The morning videoconference, set from 10 to 11 a.m., will use primary sources to educate audiences about life as an infantryman, cavalryman and member of the artillery. Viewers of the afternoon videoconference, scheduled from 1 to 2 p.m., will learn about the importance of rivers and rail lines during the Civil War and their impact on a battle fought in Missouri.

Instead of exploring all of the historic details of the Civil War, this videoconference will provide students with an opportunity to think like a historian as they travel back in time through the use of primary sources, the release stated. Students across the country will be encouraged to converse with History Club members and ask questions about the documents and the research process.

The live videoconference can be viewed on Charter Communications’ digital channel 989 or AT&T U-verse channel 99 from 10 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 2 p.m. March 8.

The mission of HEC-TV is to strengthen and promote the education, arts and cultural communities in the St. Louis metropolitan area. The station receives major funding from the St. Louis County Commission for Educational Media and is programmed by the Higher Education Consortium, which is composed of the 12 colleges and universities and 62 cooperating school districts in Greater St. Louis. For more information, visit