It was all part of the
Some dressed in knickers and diamond socks, others in long dresses and bonnets as they learned about life in the late 1800s.
The five-day event was also an important milestone for the local
"This is our 20th camp," Russel said.
Russell designed the first camp in 1995 to keep kids active while teaching them about local history, after reading about a similar program in
"Our first camp was sponsored by the
About 21 children attend the history camp each year for a week of intense learning.
The camp started
On Wednesday, they did chores like chopping wood and washing clothes on a washboard, the way they would have done it more than a century ago.
On Thursday, they made a family tree and brought some old items and antiques from home for "show and tell."
"My grandfather found it in his house when he first moved to
The History Camp is so enjoyable to some participants that many come back as volunteers and help the younger children with the activities, Russell said.
"My brother came for three years," Kraemer said. "I keep coming because it is so fun. What I like the most is the walk around
First-time camper Jason Vonasea, 9, said he too enjoyed the walk through town.
"I liked learning about all the buildings that were there before the ones there now," he said.
Campers also learned In the 1800s that children had hours of chores to do just to help get dinner on the table and wood in for the night.
They all peeled apples with an old hand-crank peeler and shelled corn for chicken feed.
They also had a fashion show of old-fashioned clothing belonging to the museum and played games that children would have played long before electricity and battery-powered devices occupied their time.
"I think this is a nice way to learn about
"I have lived in
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