Archive for Wednesday, October 18, 2006

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Students encouraged to live in past at historic site

October 18, 2006

Tonganoxie's Historic Site is an ongoing place for learning.

And recently, even more learning than usual went on at the site.

Third-grade students from Tonganoxie Elementary School sat at old-fashioned wooden desks in the former Honey Valley school.

Retired Leavenworth teacher Donna Cooper told them about one-room schools, as well as other aspects of life in the past.

Outside and just a few steps away, another class sat in the former Reno Methodist Church as George Cooper narrated a silent film starring Jack Hoey, a silent-film star who grew up in Tonganoxie.

And in the former dairy barn, lots of activity was going on.

Museum director Susy Ross took students on a tour of the museum. Meanwhile, Barbara Dale taught the students about genealogy.

And in the next room, Del and Betty Englen, and Wayne Finch quizzed students about the uses of old-fashioned implements.

Between classes, bell ringers, including Deloris White, Patty Huebner, Jean Pearson, Pat Black and Harriet Mark, stood outside the buildings.

And after lessons, Dolores Finch played the keyboard as Barbara Dale led children in a sing-a-long.

Helene Miller, who organized the two-day event, said she looks forward to having third- and fourth-grade students from Genesis Christian Academy tour the site next week.

There's one change Miller plans to make. She thought the kids weren't overly thrilled with the oatmeal cookies given to them as they left. Next time, she said, she plans to give them chocolate chip cookies.

"We can take them so far back," Miller said. "But they really like chocolate."

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