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Tishomingo County Children Experience a Day in the Life of the Pioneers

June 22, 2017

By: Heather McMillan, Marketing & Operations Coordinator, MaxxSouth Broadband

The Tishomingo County Historical and Genealogical Society presented a Pioneer School Camp for children on Thursday, June 1, 2017. After the school building had been sitting idle for several years, the organization decided to help make the past come alive for 36 students and volunteers. MaxxSouth was proud to help the students connect with their family heritage.

The children got to participate in activities such as chores, education, games, music, and farming just like in the pioneer days. Mississippi Humanities Educator William “Pat” Arinder of Amory and his volunteers taught the students how to play music from that time period with authentic instruments and handcrafted tools. The children also got to participate in corncob throw, Jacob’s ladder and other pioneer games.

Burnsville educator, James Monroe, taught students in the classroom using materials from the pioneer era while students used slate boards and chalk to perform their exercises. The students received a lesson on the Civil War and General Ulysses S. Grant and his time in Burnsville. The children exercised their green thumb by planting seeds during their farming lesson. They listened to Mrs. Martha Burcham recite a narrative from her first grade class.

These events create opportunities for families to engage in services, learning, and fun activities. Events like this lead to stronger bonds among family members and it gives the children a different perspective of what life was like years ago.

For more information about the history of Tishomingo County, please visit their website here.

Pictures from the event are below. Click to enlarge!