Keizer teachers get lay of Civil War land

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Geography, for most people, is often considered in simple terms: a place, the name of that place and maybe some important land formations in that place. When Matt Faatz and Alan Town returned from a whirlwind trip through Civil War battle sites last month it was impossible to think of geography as anything so mundane. The change probably occurred sometime around the umpteenth occasion they were told to look at a fence. “The reason we did that is because the fences were made out of the materials that were available in that region. There were different fences in different regions,” said Town. The type and construction of something as commonplace as a fence, they learned, also told a story about the areas they visited. “The fences fit the geography and climate of the area. They were made to specific heights and in specific ways as adaptations to the materials they had available, how it was going to be used and what type of climate they were in,” said Faatz. “Some of them looked woven like a basket and didn’t even appear to have nails.” Town and Faatz traveled to the Civil War sites as part of a trip for educators offered by Portland State University and sponsored by the Gray Family Foundation. The goal of the program is to take teachers to...

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