The Calico Rock Museum hosted 40 students and their parents, grandparents and babysitters on Friday, July 11 for the second and final Summer Day Camp of 2014. The students explored Life as a Settler.
A dozen museum volunteers assisted the students in making butter in a Mason jar, learning how to weave, pioneer sewing skills, making homemade ice cream, and viewing the new Homestead in the Coal House exhibit. Despite the heat, the 100 guests enjoyed the museum activities and tour of the exhibits.
“These day camps have provided students an opportunity to learn about their heritage, get out and get moving during their summer break, and discover the wonderful resources we have here at the Calico Rock Museum,” noted Nicky Webb. Mrs. Webb is a professional educator for the museum and a former school teacher.
“My butter was all squishy and it tastes funny,” remarked one young man after tasting his handmade creation.
“The students are exploring ideas and concepts that are foreign to them. Eating anything that doesn’t come from a grocery store is a new idea to so many students. Our early settlers had to rely on the land and their own skill to survey. We hope to instill this heritage in the students and parents to these programs,” noted museum volunteer Glenda Herschberger.
The Life as a Settler program was sponsored by Mitchell’s Park Street Pharmacy as a special project of the Calico Rock Museum Foundation. The Calico Rock Museum & Visitor Center offers free admission to all of their activities and events because of the support of our local community. Next year, the museum hopes to expand the number of day camp programs.
To learn more about this project or to find out ways you can support the museum, call 870-297-6100 or visit www.calicorockmuseum.com.