Discovering the Heartland Museum: Studying Iowa History

All of the kids enjoyed the chance to try out weaving yarn. Pictured here are Trinten Eley, Leelan Spencer, and Zoey Pamperin. Photo by Kim Demory

You don’t need a time machine to go back 200 years. All you need is a trip to Heartland Museum in Clarion, Iowa. And that’s exactly what the fifth graders from Eagle Grove Elementary got last week.

Students were excited to be able to get some hands-on experience with some days-gone-by skills, like rope making, tie quilting, making moveable paper bears, cloth tied hangers, weaving, and even playing old board games like checkers.

The students also enjoyed a treasure hunt. Fifth graders used modern day technology like iPads and cell phones to snap pictures as their proof that they had found specified items from the “olden days” located throughout the 16,000 square foot facility.

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