Recreating Ancient Rome Kickstarter

Recreating Ancient Rome is a traveling exhibit intended to educate the public and to inspire people to examine life in antiquity.

I am calling my project “Recreating Ancient Rome”. For the past two years I have been doing educational engagements which seek to educate people of all ages about Ancient Rome. I teach by using a living history approach. Living history goes further than simply lecturing to an audience. I teach in period garb and provide my audience members with the opportunity to interact with authentic period replicas. When circumstances allow I provide samples of Roman food and music.

My goal is to raise $10,000 dollars to broaden my collection of items in order to provide a more complete and immersive experience for my audience. I plan on acquiring surgical tools, military paraphernalia, pottery, glassware, cookware, jewelery, cosmetic tools, Roman deities and other items that reflect life in Ancient Rome. I will chronicle the use of these items through a website and a Facebook page.

I have done and will do future engagements in the Houston metro area, Austin metro and San Antonio metro area. I present my exhibit to schools, museums, cultural festivals and in some cases church groups.

In recent years the humanities have taken a back seat to S.T.E.M. based areas of study. It is my intent to inspire people to study ancient history due to its diminished presence in mainstream educational institutions.

If you have any questions I would be glad to explain my plans in further detail.


Marcus Norwood

2014 Genocide Awareness & Prevention Month Video Contest

The world is too dangerous to live in – not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen.

—Albert Einstein

Theme: I Was a Bystander

We all like to think that we are not going to be bystanders; but in reality, there have been times when we have come face to face with a situation or incident where we witnessed seriously hurtful and inappropriate behavior toward another human being and we stayed silent, walked away, and did nothing.

Recalling one such occasion, create an original 1 to 2½ minute video that depicts the situation you confronted, what you think you would have done differently, and what the consequences might have been.

The Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission (THGC) is dedicated to educating Texas residents about the Holocaust and other genocides. Genocides do not happen overnight; they start with confrontations that set others, the VICTIMS, apart, as somehow being a threat to our well-being, and are generally unprovoked.

Create an original 1 to 2 1/2 minute video for Genocide Awareness and Prevention Month, commemorated April 2014. All submissions are due by March 14, 2014.

Scholarship Prizes

Two grade categories – Grades 6-8 and Grades 9-12

Gold Key $375

Silver Key $200

Bronze Key $125

Teachers of Gold Key winners in each category will receive $100 for class supplies. Entrants must attend a Texas school.

Link to Contest Flyer 


“A President’s Vision” Poster Contest

Humanities Texas developed A President’s Vision to highlight the aspirations of notable U.S. presidents and the programs and initiatives that advanced each man’s vision. The seven posters include: Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin Roosevelt, Johnson and Reagan. Humanities Texas sent a complete set of these posters to the librarian at every accredited secondary school in the state, and to every public library in the state.

During the 2013-2014 academic year, Humanities Texas will hold a contest for students to design their own President’s Vision poster. Each student’s poster should identify the “presidential vision” of a U.S. president and use explanatory text and primary sources to illustrate how that president pursued that vision during his term(s). Any Texas student in grades 6-12 may enter the competition.

Ten winners will be selected from the middle school category (grades 6-8), and ten winners will be selected from the high school category (grades 9-12). In each category Humanities Texas will present three first-place prizes of $500, two second-place prizes of $250, and five third-place prizes of $100.

Humanities Texas feels this is a great opportunity for students to be mini-historians and research and develop a poster that reflects the vision of any U.S. president.

Please see our website: for more information or you can contact me at or I have attached a flyer of the contest for you to share with your teachers or to advertise on your social media networks.

1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer Project Online

The Wisconsin Historical Society recently released a free online collection about the 1964 Mississippi Freedom Summer project at

Besides thousands of archival documents from COFO, CORE and SNCC and papers from dozens of individual activists, the site includes a downloadable Powerpoint about Freedom Summer and a PDF Sourcebook of key documents for teachers. Although focused on 1964, the online archive also contains many items dating back into the 1950s and forward to the end of the 1960s, so it’s useful for general civil rights movement research, too.

As the 50th anniversary of Freedom Summer approaches, we want teachers, students, historians, librarians, museum curators, the media, and anyone else to use these primary sources for their programming.


Michael Edmonds
 Deputy Director,
Library-Archives Division
Wisconsin Historical Society
816 State St.
Madison, WI  53706
Web site: