Sunday, September 02, 2007

Pioneer History ~ hands on style!

This summer, we decided to do a unit study on Pioneer History, to coincide with July 24, Pioneer Day. We did a lot of study up and reading of pioneer history, ate some pioneer food, found out about some interesting characters in the ~Old West~, and capped it all off with a trip to Heritage Park in Salt Lake City, Utah on Pioneer Day. (Complete with costumes!! )

Pony rides were attached to the ring, but still fun.

This was a nicer version of pioneer house. ( Not a soddy or a cabin :-D)

A few of the girls having fun exploring the mini-town.

Up on the veranda of the saloon.

In one of the hallways of the big hotel.

On the stairs ~ waiting for dad & sis, so we could go eat.

What a cheeser!!

Hand cart RACE!.. Going.......



And how do you get a 14 yr old, a 15 yr old, & a grown man to wear costumes? I don't know... love?... dedication to their mother?.... begrudging acknowledgement of their mother's hard work in making the costumes?......they were reluctant at first, but as soon as they stepped into the park, folks began snapping their pictures, so naturally, they enjoyed every minute of it after that!


Corrie said...

What a fun unit, I think we'll have to do it next summer.

Lawanda said...


That looks like a ton of fun! :)

redhead83402 said...

Corrie & lawanda, ~ Thank you, we DID have a ton of fun with this one ~ I had planned to include some sewing lessons in there for my kids, but since I was already sewing like a mad-woman to get the costumes done in time, I totally skipped out on it. They have sewn stuff before anyway, but I wanted them to do more this time. Next yr, however, our stake is doing Martin's Cove, so the girls will have plenty of time to make their own pantaloons & shawls to go along with the rest of the outfit.

Kim Ayres said...

I used to belong to a Dark Ages reenactment society where we would dress up as Celts, Saxons and Vikings, hit each other with spears and swords and get blind drunk at banquets.

Yours look like they have better washroom facitilites though...