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Fourth Grade Visits the Patee House

By: Taryn Ganstrom

By: Brenden Bearce

May 15, 2018

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    The Nemaha Central 4th graders attended a field trip to the Patee House Museum in St. Joseph, Missouri on Wednesday, May 9. Back in 1860, the Patee House was a four-story brick hotel that served as the headquarters for the Pony Express. Today, the Patee House is a museum of communications and transportation. Visitors can experience what things were like back in the day.

    When the students first arrived, they went through an old train that was inside the museum. Then the students split up into groups and looked through the different shops and exhibits. Some of the shops included an old barber shop, a grocery store, a candy shop, a post office, and a saloon. While at the saloon, each student got a sarsaparilla, also known as a root beer.

    After the students looked through all the exhibits, they toured Jesse James’ house. The students learned all about Jesse James; why he was an outlaw, who shot him, why they shot him, and much more. They even got to see how Jesse and his killer were positioned when he was shot.

    The students then got back on the bus and went to a park to eat their lunch. The students played on the playground after they were done eating. Then, the class stopped at the dairy barn for ice cream on the way home. As the students ate, they stood by the side of the road and got the passing cars to honk as they drove by.

    “I had a fun time. My favorite part was when we saw a picture of Buffalo Bill,” said Logan Snell.

    “I had a great time learning about the past,” said Candice Frye.

    The 4th grade class had an amazing time at the museum and hope the students next year have just as much fun as they did.

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