Wednesday, April 14, 2010

On the Road Again with Roberta

It’s official dig in the dirt day.

Yes, making mud pies is all in vogue again, and that’s what Anne and I did today. We are working with the students on an old homestead site, and Anne and I sifted as they excavated the old well with a barrel in the bottom, among other items.

In addition to the well, we’ve found barbed wire, broken pottery and plates, an old wagon wheel rim, plus lots of pieces of brick, mortar, iron pieces and such items that you would expect to find on an old homestead.

It’s fun to participate and a learning experience for them as well. We’ve enjoyed our week with them and tomorrow will be DNA education day. We’ve discussed history and research, standards and how to draw logical and not faulty conclusions. It has been particularly interesting as many of these students have a wealth of experience themselves in various fields, so there has been a great deal of give and take. Our participants, some of whom are volunteers and not students, range in age from 13 to 71, so as you might imagine, there is a great deal of diversity and experience to be drawn upon.At the end of the day, I looked at the reflection in the water once again gathered in the well so long underground and abandoned, and I wondered what the reflection is telling us about those who lived there so long ago….if we could only understand…...