Thursday, April 24, 2008

What: History Hunters
When: at least one fieldtrip per month on a Friday, possibly other outings on different days. Most fieldtrips will start around 10 AM, a firm starting time will be sent to all participants when confirmed with each location
Who: Homeschoolers/unschoolers of all ages
Organizers: Laura and Deanne -- please RSVP to let us know you are coming or with any questions

Each year when we notify that we intent to homeschool our children for the year, we assure that we will cover Ohio history with our children. What better way to tackle the topic than with hands on learning adventures geared to stimulate and engage the participants? We plan to organize fieldtrips to many local historic sites. As part of the club, each child will have the opportunity to create their very own scrapbook that will document their adventures.
We are encouraging each member to purchase an 8"x8" scrapbook (available at places like Hobby Lobby, Michaels, Target, Walmart) and to take pictures and collect memorabilia from each activity. We will offer opportunities for the participants to get together and create their scrapbooks, basic supplies will be provided.

Tentative Calendar (see bottom of email for more details about sites being visited):
May 23 Fort Ancient
June 27 Waldschmidt Homestead Historical Site
July 25 Tri-State Warbird Museum and Stonelick Covered Bridge (the last covered bridge in Clermont County).
August 22 Ulysses S. Grant Historic Sites
Sept 26 Ranger Guided Tour of Wright Cycle Company Comples Dayton, Ohio
Oct 17 Salt Fest at Big Bone Lick State Park
Nov 21 Promont House
Dec 19 Isaac M Wise Temple and St. Peter in Chains Cathedral tours
Jan 23 William Howard Taft National Historic Site
We will wait to plan outings for Feb on until after the club has had a chance to get input from all of the members.

Fieldtrip details/websites if available:
May: Fort Ancient: Fort Ancient features 18,000 feet of earthen walls built 2,000 years ago by American Indians who used the shoulder blades of deer, split elk antler, clam shell hoes and digging sticks to dig the dirt. They then carried the soil in baskets holding 35 to 40 pounds. Portions of these walls were used in conjunction with the sun and moon to provide a calendar system for these peoples.
The site offers beautiful vistas along hiking trails as well as the remains of the prehistoric mounds for visitors to see. Convenient picnic areas can be found along the road at the site. The Museum at Fort Ancient contains 9000 sq. ft. of exhibits, including many interactive units, focusing on 15,000 years of American Indian history in the Ohio Valley. The Museum also contains a classroom, a research area, and a sales shop with many fine American Indian items

July: We will begin the day by visiting the Tri-State Warbird Museum (4021 Borman Dr. Batavia OH 45103) and then stop by Stonelick Covered Bridge (the last covered bridge in Clermont County). If participants are interested, they can visit the Clermont County Fair following the mornings activities.

August: Ulysses S. Grant, We will spend our day studying Ulysses S. Grant, the 18th president of the United States. Our day will begin at his birthplace, just outside New Richmond and then after eating a picnic lunch, we will head about 20 miles to Georgetown to visit his boyhood home and schoolhouse.
Grant's Birthplace
Boyhood Home:

September: The Wright Cycle Company Complex

November: Promont House Museum
906 Main St.Milford, Ohio 45150(513) 248-0324
Promont House in Milford, Ohio, has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1980. It is an Italianate Victorian structure, built in 1865 by William Megrue, and purchased in 1879 by John Pattison, who became the 43rd governor of Ohio in 1905. The house, named the "finest house in Clermont County" when built, was received by the Greater Milford Area Historical Society in 1984 from the estate of James Kirgan.
The museum is named Promont because of its location "high on a hill," situated on five acres overlooking the village of Milford. Small gardens, labeled native Ohio trees and benches provide a restful view of the grounds and house. The interior of the house has been restored to the magnificence of the Victorian period when it was occupied by John Pattison. A large stained glass window on the front stairway, varied moldings in each room, Italian marble fireplaces, and a four story tower offering a panoramic view of the town, provide a trip back to the elegance of the Victorian Period.Hours:Friday through Sunday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Group tours are available.
Pricing:Free; donations welcome

December: Tour of Isaac M Wise Temple 726 Plum St Cincinnati, OH 45236 Tel: 513-793-2556 and tour of St. Peter in Chains Cathedral

January: William Howard Taft National Historic Site 2038 Auburn Ave. Cincinnati, Ohio 45219

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