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Pioneer Day

Published 12:36pm Monday, November 26, 2012

Danville-Neel Elementary School students experienced what life in Morgan County was like when their grandparents were kids on Tues., Nov. 20, as their school celebrated its annual Pioneer Day.

They made dolls from corn shucks, sewed stitches on a quilt, churned milk and rode around campus in Wayne Mizell’s two-mule wagon. They also were entertained by the Sweet Tones Dulcimer Ensemble of Morgan County and members of Danville’s FFA State Championship String Band.

They observed lard being rendered from chunks of pork fat, yarn being spun on a spinning wheel and fence posts being split from cedar logs.

Several other interesting viewing stations were s et u p for they for their information. They included, soap making, knitting and crocheting demonstrations, a presentation about the one-room schoolhouse, and a collection of native American artifacts.

Last, but not least, the students went home at noon with their tummies filled with food from a traditional Thanksgiving dinner, which was served in the school cafeteria.


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