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NCES Fourth Grade Attend Living History Day

By: Ethel Mauwa and Diamond Bentley

April 20, 2018

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    Living history day was held on Friday, April 6 at Havensville. The Nemaha Central Elementary fourth graders attended the event focused on Early Communication. Some of the presentations were homing pigeons, standing bear inter-tribal brotherhood-Native American drums and songs, newspaper printing, and the Pony Express.

    Along with the presentations, there were exhibits for students to view.  Some of these exhibits included butter churning, model trains, spinning wheel loom weaving, rope making, lye soap making, and Indian artifacts.  Participants were able to experience writing with the quill and sending a message with Morse Code.

    Candle making was also an activity that participants were able to take part in. The easy part was dipping the candle into the melted wax. The hardest part about making candles is being patient. The process takes about 40 minutes to make one thick candle. You have to keep dipping until you have a nice, thick candle that will burn for days.  

    “Some of my favorite parts were that you got to make candles and listen to drums,” said Candice Frye. 

    Living history day has taken place in Havensville for the last 34 years.  The presenters do an excellent job describing and demonstrating life from the past.  They even dress like people would back in those days.  The fourth graders really enjoyed learning about life in the past.

    “In the gymnasium, you could churn butter, then eat some of the butter on crackers.  The butter was really good,” said Kathryn Yunghans.

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