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Milk a cow. Photo by Clint Gilchrist, Pinedale Online.
Milk a cow
Volunteer Dave Vlcek explains how to milk a cow. The kids each got to take a turn trying it.
Hands-on history
Big Piney 4th graders visit the Sommers Homestead Living History Museum
by Pinedale Online!
September 28, 2014

Big Piney Elementary 4th graders visited the Sommers Homestead Living History Museum on Friday, Sept. 27th for some living history experiences. They got to collect eggs, churn butter, milk a cow, saddle a horse, learn about harnessing horses, dig for ice, saw wood, do leather craft, make clothespin dolls, and hand wash laundry. The field trip gave them the chance to do hands-on activities to learn about homesteading in the Upper Green River Valley in Wyoming. The Homestead is managed jointly by the Sublette County Historical Society, Green River Valley Museum, and siblings Jonita and Albert Sommers. It is entirely staffed by volunteers and admission is by donation.

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  • Harnessing a horse. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Harnessing a horse
    Green River Valley Museum Director, Jeannie Lockwood shows the kids the harness on a work horse.

    Churning butter. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Churning butter
    Volunteer Barbara Ford shows the kids the butter they have been making in the churn.

    Leathercraft. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Volunteer Mary Helen Leckie Goicoechea helps with leathercraft.

    Saddling a horse. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Saddling a horse
    Volunteer Liz Wardell helps the kids saddle a horse and then lets them sit on it and she shows them how to hold and control the reins.

    Sawing a log. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Sawing a log
    Volunteer Jonita Sommers steadies a log while the kids cut it with a 2-person saw.

    Eggs. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Volunteer Jamie Kaul helps the students clean chicken eggs they have gathered and then put them away in storage boxes.

    Cream Separator. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Cream Separator
    Volunteer Jenny Roberts explains how a cream separator works.

    Digging for ice. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Digging for ice
    Kids dig deep into the sawdust to find blocks of still frozen ice.

    Hand wash laundry. Photo by Clint Gilchrist.
    Hand wash laundry
    Volunteer Dawn Ballou shows how to hand-wash laundry.
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