Approximately 650 students visited 12 stations throughout the day-long event. Stations included a presentation by a civil war soldier with the firing of a small canon; building a miniature log cabin; an introduction to historic and antique farm equipment and tractors; the history of Abraham Lincoln’s life as a Hoosier from the 16th president himself; authentic lessons inside Harrison’s historic school house; discovering the challenges faced by colonial surgeons; researching the many uses and anatomy of cattails; enjoying songs and tales from a Native American tribe; observing historic rope making practices; learning the process of creating textiles; designing a personalized squares for a quilt project; and exploring the history of Hoosier men and women in the armed forces.
“We are so thankful to our presenters, volunteers and school staff for making another year of Back to the Days a huge success! We are passionate about teaching history to our students as we believe a reflective view of our history informs our decisions in the present,” stated Dave Robertson, WCS chief academic officer. “We want students to develop a love of our state's history and hopefully this event helps ignite that passion!”
The event was made possible through the help of 20 presenters, 63 volunteers and numerous community sponsors. Volunteers included Warsaw Community High School students, Warsaw Community Public Library staff and WCS employees. Sponsors included the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Pandora Printing, Rabb Water, Grace College, Lilly Center for Lakes & Streams, Warsaw Breakfast Optimists and WCS Elementary Parent-Teacher Organizations.
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