Havensville Living History Day
The fifth grade students from Mill Creek Valley Middle School traveled to Havensville, Friday, April 5th for a full day of history. Students were welcomed by Mr. James Armstrong who organized the event for area schools. Many local historians were on hand to explain about each topic presented.
Students were divided into groups to attend various presentations. Angels Bates of Nicodemis explained the history of the colony, and shared some examples of slave songs that were used as secret codes when traveling the Underground Railroad.
Robin Kolterman shared her expertise as a beekeeper and soap maker. Students were able to see a genuine beehive in action and take part in a simulation. Robin explained the soap making process and treated each student with a soap sample.
Retired railroaders were diligent in making sure that each attendee got a chance to operate the hand-pump section car. This activity was enjoyed by all!
Mr. DeSelms and the light artillery group demonstrated the firing of the cannon and selected small arms. The cannon fire made a big impact among the students. Dressed in the artillery attire of the Civil War, this was very topical especially for fifth graders studying the event.
Lunch was enjoyed at the Havensville City Park. Many parents, paras, and teachers and accompanied the students. Thanks to all who made the day such a success.