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Ask the Barracks! Old Barracks Museum launches new distance learning aide

The Old Barracks Museum, located in Trenton, is bringing history online! 

Due to the closures of schools and other precautionary measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, thousands of students are going to miss their scheduled field trips to the Old Barracks Museum this spring. While visiting the historical landmark to learn about New Jersey’s pivotal role in the American Revolution is an immersive, hands-on experience that can’t be replicated online, the Museum is eager to connect with students to allow them the opportunity to connect with history. 

Ask the Barracks allows students, parents, and teachers to e-mail questions about the American Revolution, the Battle of Trenton, diseases in the 18th century such as smallpox, and New Jersey to askthebarracks@barracks.org

Selected questions will be answered via videos that will be posted on www.barracks.org/askthebarracks and www.facebook.com/oldbarracksmuseum

The program is open to students around the world, not just students whose field trips are being cancelled due to school and non-essential business closures. 

The Old Barracks Museum invites everyone to visit barracks.org/askthebarracks to learn more about this initiative. 

The spread of COVID-19 is a very serious issue, and everyone must band together to help flatten the curve. 

The Old Barracks was one of George Washington’s mandated smallpox inoculation hospitals in the American Revolution and helped control that very deadly and contagious disease. 

They are all doing their part today to control the spread of COVID-19 and making the necessary adaptations to remain true to their mission of educating students about New Jersey’s crucial role in the American Revolution.