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Bringing History Home - Literally

by Lynne Belluscio

       For over 30 years, the LeRoy Historical Society has offered Hands On History programs for Wolcott Street students. They visit LeRoy House in the fall and again in the spring to participate in all types of hands-on activities.  They use the old apple peelers and the cider press. They sit at old school desks and use slates and write with steel tipped pens.  They sort through stuff in grandma’s trunk.  They play old-fashioned games and wash clothes on a scrub board.  (I get a charge when adults come up to me and say - - I remember when we came to LeRoy House and churned butter.)   This year we had planned a Jell-O science day and that is canceled. So instead of canceling everything, we are developing some new ways to have kids experience history, but instead of coming to LeRoy House, these projects can be done at home.      First is the gardening project for the first grades.  With the encouragement from the first grade team chair we are assembling an activity packet with a letter from Mr. LeRoy’s gardener. . .

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