Today I had an opportunity to share several presentations at the Kaw Valley Academy of Technology and Education (KVATE) in St. Marys, Kansas, 30 minutes from Manhattan where I grew up and my parents live. On the way back, I saw a sign just west of Belview for an Oregon Trail historical marker. Often when I’m traveling alone or with my family, I want to stop and read historical markers, but there isn’t time. Today, however, there was.

I took a series of photos and recorded about 7.5 minutes of video at the Louis Vieux Cemetery about 5 miles north of Highway 24, between Belvue and Wamego. I shot the video footage on my iPhone, but uploaded it to WeVideo and edited the clips there. I included some of my own still images and other related images I found online also. Next week, I’ll be facilitating the “Making Media” strand at the “Create, Make and Learn” STEM / MakerEd Institute in Burlington, Vermont, so I wanted to refresh my online video editing skills with WeVideo! Check out the finished video. I titled it, “Reflections on Grit and Persistence in the 1800s.” Count your blessings. I’m counting mine. We have little idea how easy we have it in so many ways, living in the 21st century.

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