Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A march through time

Yesterday I went with Bethany's class on a field trip to a place where they reenact the settlement days of the mid-1800s. There were probably a few dozen little structures inhabited by characters from the past who explained their way of life to the visitors while doing demonstrations and hands-on activities. We got to visit nine of them. They were thoroughly engaging!

We went to see the officers of the Scottish Highland Regiment. After his friend the major had taught the kids how to march properly (kind of), the colonel here showed them what a lock, stock, and barrel were, and then how to use their weapons. You could hear his shots going off throughout the day. I think he was having a little too much fun.

This is Ole Olesen. He just got off the boat from Norway, and told us about why he chose to leave Norway, and how the family selected what items they put into their one trunk. The husband got to pack first because otherwise his wife wouldn't leave room to pack the tools. He held the kids spellbound, and kept the grownups laughing.

This cook from the trading post, along the blacksmith and others, helped transport us back to the time when life was consumed with the basics, and chided us for our laziness lack of self-sufficiency.

We could all use a step back in time, now and then.
I hope the kids had as much fun as I did!


Betty said...

What a great way to incorporate learning and make a fun day of it. I´m sure they had a lot of fun!

Joy said...

I love visiting places like that. It is funny how those docents really get into it. They make it interesting though. It wouldn't be the same without them.
Leah was suppose to go on a field trip at the end of 4th grade last year to Sam Houston's house in Huntsville TX. (about 45 mins away). They cancelled it because of swine flu. I felt so bad for her. Her only fieldtrip in 4th grade didn't happen.
Glad Bethany and you got to go on this one.


Tiffany said...

I love places like this, too! When we were in KY a couple of years ago we went to Fort Boonesborough and toured the fort. They had different things like this going on, too. The kids got to grind corn and learned how to make dip candles. So cool! Sometimes I wish we still lived in "simpler times"

Melissa B. said...

As always, such Superior Snaps! I especially love the first one (I'm seeing Sx3 possibilities here) and the last 2...that's a great beard, ain't it?

StitchinByTheLake said...

Oh I wish I could see that Tracy! I'm trying hard to be more self sufficient but it's slow going. I do make my own laundry detergent now and I can lost of stuff. That's a start I guess. blessins, marlene

Julie said...

that is so awesome that you got to be a part of it... I love those kind of field trips and remember them from when I was a kid. We went to Jamestown every year!