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Elementary students lean about life during the Civil War era

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More than 500 Southeast Kansas elementary students take a trip back in time to learn what life was like in the during the Civil War era.

It's the second year the Cato Historical Preservation Association has welcomed students for Cato Days.

Cato, Kansas is between Fort Scott and Pittsburg and on Friday fourth and fifth grade students gathered around the historical presentations on black smiths, Native American history and Civil War weapons, but admit playing games was the most fun.

Organizers say teaching the ways of the past will only better students future.

"We want the kids to see what it was like to be in a one room school house, what it was like to play games in a school yard in a one room school, and also to be able to see the other things that happened in pioneer times," says Katharine Spigarelli of the Cato Historical Preservation Association.

Cato Days will also have activities for the general public on Saturday.  Activities include music, re-enactments, a hot dog roast and a hay rack ride.

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