CONTRIBUTION · 6th August 2011
Heritage Park Museum hosted their annual Pioneer Arts and Crafts Workshops during Riverboat Days. Every afternoon from Monday, August first, to Friday, August fifth, fifteen or more children joined Heritage Park staff and volunteers for crafts and games.
On Monday and Tuesday, children created
drums and tambourines. Lori Merrill, Barb Steinbrenner, and Denis Gagne then
led the kids in an exuberant concert using their new instruments. From Wednesday to Friday, children made a variety of crafts, including pretzel log cabins, pinprick drawings, and circle beavers. Rachel Almer also demonstrated historic dyeing techniques using natural ingredients such as lichen, insects, and bark.
Overall, the Pioneer Arts and Crafts Workshops, organised by summer student Rachel Wright, were a great success this year,
involving the most participants yet.
"The week went better than I could have
anticipated," said Wright. "We had a great time, and the kids really enjoyed interacting
and playing games in and around the heritage buildings."
Rachel Almer teaching historic dyeing techniques
Lori Merril, and Barb Steinbrenner teach the Djembe