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Museum, school team up for history kits
July 21, 2006
by James L. White, Times Staff
History isn't necessarily thought to be a hands-on subject, but with a little help from the Boone County Heritage Museum, it will be this year.
Andi Miller, a volunteer at the Museum and a board member of the Boone County Historical and Railroad Society, Inc., said the Museum and Harrison Schools teamed up this year and secured a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council, in conjunction with the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
The $1,942 educational mini-grant will be used to develop Arkansas and Ozarks history kits for circulation through Harrison and other Boone County schools this year.
Miller explained the kits will each have a theme and contain artifacts such as arrowheads for studying Native Americans, Civil War-era bullets and a cooking kettle - even World War II memorabilia.
The kits will also contain activities that tie directly to the Arkansas education curriculum frameworks, a list of additional resources, as well as a list of people who might be interested in speaking to the students in classrooms, Miller said.
Miller said she became aware of the grant through a newsletter from the Arkansas Humanities Council, which awards grants during the middle of each month except December. The grants are designed to bring humanities scholars to classrooms.
Miller said more information will be available when the kits have been created and are ready for circulation.
"Everything should be done by September," Miller said.
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