Social studies students celebrate October 31 in unique way

For most people October 31 means one thing: Halloween.

But for Mrs. Christy McCanna's AP European History it means something else entirely. Today, marks the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses against the sale of indulgences to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg, Germany.

Steven Greenwood and Nick Blair in costume celebrating the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses.

In 1517, this was the typical way to call for a debate. He wrote his theses in Latin and did not intend to break from the Catholic Church. However, his theses set off the Reformation, partly because the printing press helped to spread his ideas throughout Germany. The AP European History kids celebrated by having a pancake party and hanging the 95 Theses around the school.

95 Theses
These commemorative doors were installed at All Saints' Church, Wittenberg, on Luther's 375th birthday in 1858.
Images courtesy of Mrs. Christy McCanna

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