History came alive for hundreds of local students today.

Beginning Wednesday morning, hundreds of 5th graders from around the valley will be visiting Eagle Island State Park for a living history presentation of the Civil War.

The students got a closer look at the style of weapons, cannons, and equipment used during that time period, as well as what camp life was probably like.

Today's presentation was put together by the Idaho Civil War Volunteers -- a local non-profit.

“You're gonna see the telegraph, you're gonna see the signal station, we have a gatling gun, we have an artillery station with cannon tubes, and that cannon is actually from the Civil War era," said Skip Critell, Commander of Idaho Civil War Volunteers.

The demonstrations will continue through Friday and more than 3,000 students are expected to attend.

The general public is invited to check it out on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.