The day will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the town square with a proclamation by State Representative Lyle Rowland. Students and teachers from area schools will gather behind the Casey/McHaffie Homestead Cabin at 10 o’clock to receive educational packets containing biography cards and workbooks developed by Hollister High School social studies teacher Tammy Morton and her students.
Included will be a map of the various stations and a family tree for each class. The cards are of a child or grandchild of Levi and Polly Casey, who built the homestead cabin and who are Morton’s third great grandparents.
Hollister students will be at each of the stations to stamp the workbooks and answer questions. The stations include the Homestead Cabin, the General Store, the School, Blacksmith Shop, Mill, Weaving Studio and the Church.
The SDC schoolmarm will provide a short lesson at the School and there will be a demonstration at the weaving shop by Cindy Canfield, retired art teacher at Hollister.
Pioneer Day was developed in partnership with Silver Dollar City, the White River Valley Historical Society and Hollister High School to provide students an opportunity to explore the living history of the Ozarks, and discover more about the families who settled the area.
To learn more about the day’s events and for downloadable lesson plans, go to www.silverdollarcity.com and search for events.