Centennial Journeys through Time on Field Trip!
Centennial Elementary fourth graders frolicked around four exhibits of History Colorado, which is not even half of the museum! Angel, our group leader, encouraged kids to come back again to visit everything else. Four groups saw, touched, and listened to a variety of interactive exhibits.
Our tour began in historic Keota, where kids completed tasks of the time period. Remember what chores you did to keep the community running smoothly? Students milked cows, gathered eggs, bought groceries, edited yearbooks, and made quilts. The exhibit housed a whirlwind of activity, even though Keota, Colorado, is now an abandoned town!
In the Silverton mine, Angel divided layers of an old lunchbox, and kids laughed as he imitated drinking tea with grace. Through the rattling elevator, enthralled youth embarked on miners’ daily routines of mucking, drilling, and blasting. Students scoped out interpretive signs and reported new factoids to earn their way into the blasting room. The group completed a dynamite puzzle, then raised and lowered the plunger… Thunk! Crumble, crumble.
Next students traveled through time to a famous trading post: Bent’s Fort. They loved to feel and interact with real animal skins that kept Coloradoans warm. Remember the intricate, patterned beadwork on Native American goods? Students smiled and exclaimed as they fiddled with artifacts.