Sunday, May 23, 2010

1917 Farm School Groups

When school groups visit the 1917 farm, they learn how families lived in our area during World War I. Once they get off the bus, they are divided into 6-8 groups. Each group goes with a different docent to visit a part of the farm. During their time at the farm, the children rotate through each station.

One group goes first to visit the summer kitchen...

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where they learn about how laundry was done in 1917.

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Next they go to the back porch of the farmhouse where they get to help churn butter.

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The next stop is the farmhouse kitchen where they learn about cooking in the old days on a wood stove. They even get a cookie to eat there which was baked in the wood stove oven.

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From the kitchen they go to visit in the parlor...

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and see the parents' bedroom.

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Then they head out the front door to go visit the barn, where they have a chance to help milk a cow.

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On the way out of the barn, there are some other animals they can visit and learn about.

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Next they are off to visit the farm shop where they learn about repairing farm equipment, leatherwork and blacksmithing.

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After the work, it is time for some fun and games. These children are playing a rousing game of Run Sheep, Run.

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The last stop for this group is the farm outbuildings....the chicken coop,

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the root cellar...

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the outhouse....

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and the smokehouse.

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It's always a fun day at the farm.

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