Last updated 8:37PM ET
April 18, 2014
WIUM Local
WIUM Local
Making History Come Alive
(2008-05-12)
(wium) - At the end of each school year, WIU history students unveil their latest research to the community. The display is sure to catch the attention of passersby and it's seen as a way to make history come alive.

Among other things, the students demonstrated a pillory and a ballista. The students displayed their work in a grassy area criss-crossed with sidewalks east of Morgan Hall.

Some of the demonstrations were fun, even though they were done conjunction with serious research. For example, student Abby Lagemann built the pillory as part of her study of punishment in early modern England. She wants to determine why the English spent so much money on pillories.

Reporter Alex Heuer says oranges and whipped cream were also used in this year's history demonstration. He explains how in a feature that you can listen to by clicking on the audio button.
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