Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Frontier Culture Museum

We had an amazing "homeschool-day" at the Frontier Culture Museum 


The Frontier Culture Museum tells the story of the thousands of people who migrated to colonial America, and of the life they created here for  themselves and their descendants. These first pioneers came to America during the 1600s and 1700s from communities in the hinterlands of England,  Germany, Ireland, and West Africa. Many were farmers and rural craftsmen set in motion by changing conditions in their homelands, and drawn to  the American colonies by opportunities for a better life. Others came as unwilling captives to work on farms and plantations. Regardless of how they arrived, all became Americans, and all contributed to the success of the colonies, and of the United States. 
To tell the story of these early immigrants and their American descendants, the Museum has moved or reproduced examples of traditional rural  buildings from England, Germany, Ireland, West Africa, and America. The Museum engages the public at these exhibits with a combination of  interpretive signage and living history demonstrations.

We began our adventure in West Africa, 1700s...

Mac loved pretending that she actually lived in the mud huts and was making dinner for her family.  

She also enjoyed watching the animals.  

We then traveled to the 1600s in England...

The girls were great helpers!  They grated cheese and washed dishes. 

Exploring the different rooms throughout the house...

Mac found the sheep!

Along our way to Ireland, we stopped by the Forge.

Ireland, 1700s, in the distance...

Exploring Ireland...

We then traveled to Germany, 1700s. 

 Mac was thrilled to help milk the cow!  Izzie wanted no part in this demonstration!

Afterward, we journeyed to the Native American Encampment.  We had just finished reading Little House In The Big Woods, so my girls were fascinated by all the Native American items! 

Unfortunately, it began to rain, not just a drizzle, but a pouring down rain.  We tried to wait it out in the teepees, but decided to call it a day.  The girls were disappointed that they didn't get to investigate America...1740s Settlement, 1820s American, 1850s America, and 1850s Schoolhouse.  However, it was another 1/2 mile walk in the opposite direction from our car and we had a 1/2 mile walk back to our car.  We were drenched by the time we arrived to the car!  Looking forward to next year's homeschool day, where we'll being our adventure in America!

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