Studying history is always memorable when brought to life, and a tradition from three hundred years ago was brought to life when high school students recreated an Enlightenment era salon.
No, not a salon as is understood today with beauty and spa treatments, but a salon that was a gathering of educated people.
People gathered in the Enlightenment era to discuss science, religion and politics. Monticello High School students in Jordan Pritchett’s world history class simulated a salon, studying the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment. They then chose Enlightenment thinkers to portray in the historical reenactment.
“This activity was something I have always wanted to do with students,” Pritchett said. “When I mentioned it to them and they were excited to see it happen, I decided to go for it. We transformed my classroom into a more comfortable environment with wing back chairs and a sofa, and some of us even dressed up to reflect the time period. At the beginning of the salon, I showed students how to make their tea and explained the food that was provided. I also had baroque music playing in the background.”