LETTER: Supporters making things happen at village

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The Shuabel Little Pioneer Village would like to publicly thank Southern Indiana Power for a $1,500 grant to which Mulzer Crushed Stone added $500 for materials to be used to improve our access road.

Development and upkeep are constant expenses at the village. And we do appreciate these two local businesses for these contributions.  Amy Etienne authored the winning grant.

We also owe a big thank you to Danny Peter, Bill Simpson and Bill Gibson.  They each provided professional expertise in efforts to upgrade the village this year. 

Like David Lynch, who last year did the surveying for us, these three men contributed skills and time to the village. Without volunteers, we could not move forward at the pace we have managed thus far.  We invite any of you to contact us if you, too, would like to help with village projects.

The raffle tickets members find enclosed with our newsletter are a fundraiser for this season. Prizes include, but are not limited to a homemade lap quilt, homemade afghan, a soft-sided cooler donated by Fifth Third Bank and three prizes of $100 each. The drawing will be held Sunday afternoon of the last day of open house, Oct. 19-20. You do not have to be present to win.

In preparing the Millstone School to be moved to the village, we have found items of interest in the school which will be offered in a yard  sale during  the  fall tour. Stop and buy a piece of history when you visit the village.

If you have yard sale items to contribute, please contact me at 547-6594.

Field Trips Expose Students to Life in Perry County in 1800s

One of our dreams at the village has been to actively involve students in the history of Perry County through field trips to the village.  In the past year we hosted more than 400 students with teachers and parents.  One hundred and forty Tell City kindergarten children visited in October. 

Ninety-seven fifth-graders from Tell City and 48 fourth- and fifth-graders from Patoka Elementary came next and lastly 105 eighth-graders from Tell City came in May. The students were divided into groups of 12 or fewer and visited eight different sites in the village, where a volunteer talked with students regarding that particular site.

Each group was led by a volunteer village guide. The sites were Lincoln Shelter, Carter cabin, Rogier oven, blacksmith shop, carpenter shop, jail, Hinton cabin and Shoemaker cabin. Students saw how Abraham Lincoln’s family began their life in Perry County, where they lived from the time Abe was 7 until he was 14 at which time they moved to Illinois. Spencer County was formed out of portions of Perry and Warrick counties shortly after the family moved to Indiana.

Chuck Poehlein did this presentation. Sally Jackson presented family life in Carter cabin, including cooking over a fireplace. Brenda Martin discussed food preparation at the Rogier oven.  Danny Peter demonstrated needed skills in the carpenter shop and discussed the connection between carpenters and blacksmiths.

Al Hagedorn demonstrated smithing  and told of its importance to early settlers. Bill Gibson talked about law enforcement and hosted each group inside the jail. Hinton cabin was the site of the one-room school taught by Jane Jackson and Carrie McMannaway. Students were from the Liberty Christian School in Hawsville. April Bolin showed students how settlers made candles and each student had a chance to try their skill at candlemaking. Quilting, weaving and spinning were demonstrated in the Shoemaker cabin by Phaffs, Dot Kessner and Zella Gilbert.

Paul Raley brought farm animals that are outside Carter Cabin to show students the importance of animals in the survival of settlers and the variety that could be found in our area. Reviews of the field trips by teachers have been most positive. 

Our goal is to eventually have every fourth- or fifth-grader in Perry County and surrounding counties visit the village.  The entry road, sponsored by several businesses and groups in our area, allow this by creating  an area  that is safe for buses to enter, turn around and exit.

In addition, We the Youth of Perry County have greatly enjoyed the work of Brad Faith and Chuck Poehlein on their visits to the village.

Shubael Little Pioneer Village