De Smet Memorial Society Hands On Activities

Surveyor's House
Surveyor’s House

This spring the Laura Ingalls Wilder Society started a new program for school trips.

According to the April 30, 2014 issue of The De Smet News, “The Society has created customized field trips, which allow visitors to choose one out of three different options for each 30 minute session. The length of the tour will depend on how many of the sessions a group chooses to participate in.”

Programs include:

The First School of De Smet has 3 options for an activity there:

  • Surviving the Long Winter – Survival activities like grinding wheat.
  • Writing With Laura – Journal Writing
  • Pioneer School Day – Comparing one-room schools to modern schools

The Discovery Center also has 3 options for an activity:

  • Pioneer Dress Up – Trying on clothes, sew on treadle sewing machine
  • Fund and Games on the Prairie – Play pioneer games
  • I’d Rather Be Hunting – Art of Tracking
Rear of Third Street House
Rear of Third Street House

The Ingalls Home offers these 3 options:

  • If You Can’t Stand the Heat – Ma chores like hauling water and corncobs and compare to a modern kitchen
  • Meet Mary, Laura’s Sister – Learn Braille and do beadwork without vision
  • Family Game Night – Families play pioneer games together

They shared photos from one such tour group on their blog:
http://discoverlaura.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/school-field-trip-fun-at-the-historic-homes-of-de-smet

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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