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  • on 14.04.2010
  • at 12:26 PM
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Learning From the Past 0

The Fall Creek Friends 4-H Club and the Adams County Olde Tyme Association have teamed up to create a general store inside the historical Lewis Round Barn Museum at the Adams County Fairgrounds.

To step over the threshold of the Lewis Round barn is to step back in time. The purpose of this museum is to acquaint future generations with our agricultural history. The Olde Tyme members will try to preserve it for them and hopefully bring back some of the values of that time. The 4-H children would like to be a part of this by creating a general store within the museum.

First the 4-H club visited Dave and Theresa Bockhold’s centennial farm which has old items used for six generations. There they toured an ice house, a ten room 1907 farm house, and a large barn from the late 1800’s. The 4-Hers chose items from this farm that would have been used in the 1930s. They researched these items on the Internet, discovered how they were used, why they were needed, and what eventually took their place. With this information the 4-Hers printed signs to put on display in the store to teach other children what they discovered.

With the guidance of their parents and leaders they repaired, painted, or restored their items to make them appropriate for display. The 4-Hers brought their items to a meeting and explained to other 4-Hers how they were restored. Other items were donated by OTA members and then all items were cataloged in a acquisition record, telling who donated it, what it is, and assigned it a number. When all was done the 4-Hers put on a display in the Farm and Home store and the Quincy Mall to teach other children what they discovered.

Next the 4-Hers met with the Olde Tyme members to build a general store inside the museum. Everyone’s input was asked on what should be done. We lined out assignments, set up a schedule to build and construct shelves, cabinets and a variety of hooks to display the items to create the image of being in a general store in the 1930’s.

What a great opportunity this was for these young children age eight to seventeen to be working with, and learning from the older generation. This unique experience will help build these children’s self-esteem and will be shared with their children.

By Theresa Bockhold

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