Gregory Deese Taking Education To The Next Level

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Gregory Allen Deese, philanthropist, launches historical reenactment organization, now organizing the most ‘go to’ events in South Carolina.

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When I saw what children were learning in school, it seemed as if history became this boring subject where teachers just spoke and children were expected to listen.

Carolina Rifles, Historical Reenactment group, started by Gregory Deese, is sweeping up North Charleston area with his avant-garde show productions. Historical Reenactment, an educational activity where American History is enlivened into a live theatrical performance. Carolina Rifles, the Historical Reenactment group started by Deese, motive is to educate children in a totally new way. Rather than using actors, Deese chose to use soldiers as entertainers, and together they have been performing throughout the nation.

“Our members recreate the traditions and non-material culture that cannot be preserved in a glass case in a museum or archive. Our main mission is to honor the Veterans and the Martial traditions of South Carolina. We preserve both relics and military history.” says representative of the historical reenactment group.

Born into an extremely patriotic family, Gregory Deese had a vision of making South Carolina’s youth have an appreciation for American History the way he did as a child. “When I saw what children were learning in school, it seemed as if history became this boring subject where teachers just spoke and children were expected to listen. I felt that in order to love America, the children needed to feel its’ history and appreciate the land they are living in.” Says Gregory Deese, founder of the North Charleston Historical Reenactment group.

In early December, the group first performed in Fourt Moultrie, in Charleston, and has since performed in several locations nationwide. Working over 350 hours on the Fourt Moultrie project alone, the group sought to incorporate every crucial aspect of history. The groups main focus is America’s youth, for its main goal is to enhance children’s interest in US history.

“I watched in amazement, because it felt as if I was brought back to 1776 and was a part of the Issuing of the Declaration of Independence. My son, who came with his 4th grade English class, loved it and for the first time actually enjoyed school!” says North Carolina parent Irving Feldrick.

This new way of communicating education has been beneficial, and is being emulated by rising historical reenactment groups worldwide. Gregory Deese has gathered hundreds of soldiers, and hundreds of volunteers, and is continuing to work on similar endeavors.

About Gregory Deese
Gregory Deese, was born in Nashville, Tennessee, to a long line of American ancestors. Deese’s father was in the Air Force at Seward Air Force Base, and his family was originally from Greer and Rock Hill South Caroline. He was raised in a home where patriotism was a key element of life, and so patriotism became a part of him. Deese has held several positions in the army, and the army reserves. Gregory Deese has served for the United States army overseas in Germany in the Field Artillery Brigade. He is currently a transportation technology specialist, and has been an Observer Controller Trainer at Fort Gordon and Fort Jackson.

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