Lance's Journal: Fillmore Co. Museum Day, May 9, 2014

As a long-time elementary school teacher, Janet Stephenson always made sure that her students appreciated history.

In 1994, Mrs. Stephenson joined forces with Ruth Black and Shirley Traugger in creating a special day each spring in which each 4th graders in Fillmore County would get a hands on history lesson in Fairmont.

20 years later, "Museum Day" is still one of the highlights of the school year.

Seventy 4th graders from Fillmore Central, Shickley, Exeter-Milligan and Meridian got to tour a variety of hands-on stations. They learned how to make rope. They found out how the pioneers made butter and they discovered how to make soap like they did in the good 'ol days. A homesteader informed the students all about life in the late 1800's.

Janet says the main focus of the event was a trip through the museum buildings in Fairmont, "We want them to be exposed to our museums building so they go home and tell their families all about them. I think it's a wonderful opportunity that our historical society has to help educate help these students to think about history, think about their roots, think about what life was like years ago."

After 38 years of teaching, Janet Stephenson is just about ready to call it a career. But as for her beloved "Museum Day", she hopes to keep bringing history alive for Fillmore County 4th graders for many years to come.


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