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June 13, 2014

Prairie Child program kicks off for summer

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The second half of the day was spent outside as children played games and practiced old-fashioned chores like washing clothes by hand.

Emma Morris, 11, of Benton said it was a lot of fun learning about the past.

I thought it was kind of neat that we got to learn what kids used to do back in the 1800s, how they got to learn, and it's a good experience in how they dressed and what they got to eat, and the games they got to play,” Morris said.

Jamie Wheeler, director of community relations for the Jefferson County Historical Society, said the children at Thursday's session were an enthusiastic group. The fact that the weather was nice that day also helped make the setting ideal for the program, she said.

The kids seem to already be engaged and enjoying themselves and eager to learn,” Wheeler said Thursday morning. “We can tell they're excited to get down there and try out some of the lessons.”

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