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Mobile history exhibit travels to Pearl school

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PEARL, MS (WLBT) - Some Pearl junior high schoolers took a field trip through history on Friday. They learned about various aspects of American history through an exhibit called the "Gateway to Knowledge." The exhibit helped bring text book topics like the Gutenberg Bible and the Declaration of Independence to life.

Eighth grader Parker Temple says, "This is more hands-on, I think, than a textbook -- which is just mainly words. This shows you many different documents and just pictures and everything."

There's something slightly different about this exhibit. The "Gateway to Knowledge" traveling exhibit is housed inside of the trailer of an 18-wheeler semi-truck.

Exhibit tour guide Abigail Van Gelder says, "This is a national tour. We've been traveling since last September. This is stop number 40 of the 60 that we have planned, so we're a little over one half of the way done."

The 1,000 square foot trailer expands to three times its road width, and features a portion of the Library of Congress' 145 million items.

Congressman Gregg Harper attended Pearl high School. He says the exhibit mirrors much of what you'd see in D.C.

"This gives folks in Mississippi a chance to take a look and see the special treasures that we do have available and hopefully encourage them to make the trip to Washington, D.C., sometime," Harper said.

That's a trip many of these students want to take someday, but in the meantime, "The Gateway to Knowledge" exhibit is the closest they'll get.

Tenth grader, Paden Kent says, "I've never been to D.C. and I can see what's up there and see what's going on in history."

And besides all of the knowledge stored here, most think it's pretty cool to explore a mobile museum.

Temple says, "it's pretty cool, I think you wouldn't imagine all of this that they put in one exhibit, it's pretty awesome."

The exhibit is in front of Pearl High School Friday and Saturday (March 4-5) from 9am until 5pm. It's free to the public.

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