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Living History Day

By Jonathan Ross and Andrew Frye

April 12, 2017

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    On Friday, April 7, the Nemaha Central Elementary and Middle School fourth and seventh grade classes went to Havensville for a Living History Day. At Havensville , they had many displays and hands-on activities for the students to see and participate in.  They had a display of the trains that were used years ago. They had a station where you could churn butter and ground coffee beans. On the second floor of the school, they had presentations. They also had a guy that had weapons that were used for hunting back in an earlier time period.

    Outside there was a blacksmith that showed students how to make coat hooks and iron crosses. They had people dressed in the military clothes of the civil war and an actual military personnel with the food they had to eat during the battles.  There was a station where you could lasso a plastic bull, and they had soap chips made of an original recipe used back in time that you could take home, show to your parents, and even use. One of the final things at Havensville was a table outside with melted wax.  Students learned how long of a process it was back then to make a candle, as they waited in line with a wick, and had to dunk it in wax tens times before you had a decent-sized candle.

    The Living History Day in Havensville was a great opportunity for students, and even teachers, to learn about their ancestors' past. There were a lot of positive remarks from the trip, from both the seventh and fourth grades.

    "The Living History Day had a lot of stuff to do and it was fun to do it all hands-on," said Messiayah Nolte.

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