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History brought to life: Indian Hill Elementary School Pioneer Days

IHES Pioneer Days

From making candles to weaving baskets – this was no typical classroom. For Indian Hill Elementary School students, the week of March 4 – learning history meant trading traditional educational materials for a trip into the past. 150 fourth-grade students each spent one day at Livingston Lodge reenacting life as an Ohio pioneer. From quilting to churning butter, it was a lesson to remember.

“This experience is magical for our students,” said Indian Hill Elementary School Principal Whitney Buell. “This is a chapter of their childhood they will never forget; it is important for us to bring this history to life for them. It makes it real.”

Students worked together to prepare a traditional pioneer meal including stew, cornbread, lemonade, and apple crisp made over a crackling fire. Students learned how to play the dulcimer, listened to songs played on the banjo, and even participated in a traditional dance from the 1800s.  

“We could not take this trip back in time without our dedicated volunteers who make this magic happen for our students each year,” said Buell. “I want to sincerely thank all of our partners in education – including our incredible parents – for helping to create such a memorable experience.”

Photo caption: Indian Hill Elementary School fourth-grade students experienced hands-on history lessons during Pioneer Day at Livingston Lodge the week of March 4, 2019.