Special to the Tribune-Star
TERRE HAUTE —
The Riverton Parke High School College Challenge United States History class spent April 13 (a Friday) doing something that many might find a bit eerie: they walked Highland Lawn Cemetery in Terre Haute learning more about Wabash Valley history and folklore.
“I hope our students now see graveyards as places for living history,” teacher Mike Lunsford said. “Anyone who lives in our area should know who Chauncey Rose and Eugene Debs and Max Erhmann are. Highland Lawn is an amazing place to study architecture, folklore, languages, national history … just about any subject.”
Virtually all students in College Challenge History earn college credit through Indiana State University and Ivy Tech Community College.
Besides Highland Lawn, the students also visited Mill Dam Park, site of the famous Markle Mill, which reportedly was a stop on the Underground Railroad. The mill burned and fell into Otter Creek in 1938.