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POSTED: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 2:34pm

UPDATED: Monday, October 10, 2011 - 6:15pm

It's not often that kids get excited about history. But a young man from is not only enjoying history, but he's making a movie about it. Tammi Arender introduces you to James Hogg.

James Hogg doesn't just talk about history, he writes songs about it. This homeschooled student is passionate about the past. He's bringing that history to life with this mini documentary called My 1863 Adventure.

"It has music it has how to make a Brunswick stew, how to load and fire a musket and how to make a civil war encampment," says Hogg.

Hogg visited the Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge when he was a little tike. That’s when he caught the bug for days gone by. He combined that with his love of folk music and decided he wanted to tell America's storyfrom a boy's perspective.

“I think it's very interesting how they lived; how they ate. A lot of vegetables and a little meat," says the young historian.

While these young hands can mix up a Brunswick stew, they've also mastered the banjo and 5 other instruments. He's even played with the Grammy award winning group Riders in the Sky. It's all a recipe he's put together in hopes of whetting our appetite for a taste of history.

“Tents and campfires, that was my adventure in 1863,”sings Hogg.

Hogg is showcasing his folk music talents throughout Louisiana's Bicentennial. He'll also be playing at the Greater Baton Rouge State Fair which opens on Oct. 27.

For more information on Hogg and his 1863 Adventure log onto his website:

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