The next best thing to great history and government teachers is getting to experience history firsthand—and that’s exactly what the fifth-grade classes did on Tuesday, January 22, when they spent the day in the state capitol. The students started with guided tours of the South Carolina State Museum. Surrounded by relics and artifacts from the civil war, students were transported back to the days of that intense conflict in America. A special 3-D exhibit provided students a unique opportunity to get a taste of what the battlefield was like; while period buildings, equipment and vehicles walked them through the rich South Carolina history. Perhaps the highlight of the day was a tour of the Statehouse and an opportunity to meet with BJA graduates Representative Dan Hamilton and Representative Wendy Nanney and with Governor Nikki Haley. While Representative Hamilton gave the students a glimpse into life in the Statehouse, Governor Haley graciously took time to talk about the office of the governor and even quizzed the students on their knowledge of state symbols. An experience such as that day in the Capitol is invaluable and left the students with a fresh appreciation not only for state history but also for those who labor daily to protect the freedoms we enjoy.