Bear Lake students enjoy history in action at White Pine Village

LUDINGTON — Third grade students from  Bear Lake Schools recently visited White Pine Village in Mason County for their first “History in Action Day.”

A group of Bear Lake School students from Lori Mullet's class take part in activities at the Artisan Building during a recent visit to White Pine Village in Mason County.

A group of Bear Lake School students from Lori Mullet’s class take part in activities at the Artisan Building during a recent visit to White Pine Village in Mason County.

Students from Lori Mullet’s class were especially excited about the things to do in the Artisan Building that was located on the grounds at White Pine Village. All of them were excited at the prospect of taking a step back in time to try some of the many activities they offered at that location and to gain a better understanding of how people did things in the past.

“Some hammered designs into metal discs,” said Mullet. “A few tried the sewing machine, and a few tried the loom. They also really liked visiting the Burns Farmhouse where some were able to wash clothes the old-fashioned way and try out stilts.”

Being from a rural school many students still are well acquainted with the agricultural industry and the way things are done today on farms.

“Several students appreciated seeing the old farm equipment in the Agricultural Sheds,” said Mullet. “They really liked the plaques that had the “then” and “now” photos of the farm equipment.”

It was a good opportunity to take a step back in time in a hands-on style of learning. What was more important was the students also gained a better perspective on things they are studying in their history lessons by seeing it in action.

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Posted by Ken Grabowski

Ken is News Advocate’s education reporter. He coordinates coverage for all Manistee County schools and West Shore Community College. He can be reached by phone at (231) 398-3125 or by email at kgrabowski@pioneergroup.com.

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