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Students step back in time to learn about Tama Co. History

May 21, 2018
By Allison Graham - The Chronicle ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

A group of area home school students got the opportunity to step back in time recently.

Elizabeth Reece, Tama County Museum, invited 19 students to participate in a day of school at the Havan School on Monday, May 7. The Haven School is a one room school house that was open from 1872-1968. The schoolhouse sits on its original foundation just outside of the Haven Township.

Throughout the day Reece planned all of her lessons around Tama County history. She began with why the Tama County seat was made in 1853 and worked her way through many different school subjects. For the Math lesson she had the students create a grocery list. Reece found grocery prices from a 1903 edition of The Toledo Chronicle for the lesson. The day also included recess and a craft project. The students made pioneer rag dolls.

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Elizabeth Reece works her way around the classroom to check on students during an assignment.
Chronicle photos/Allison Graham

Students had an authentic experience by even dressing the part. They came in clothes that would have been worn during the time the school was open. For those who needed to, they also used the outhouse facilities.

Reece thoroughly enjoyed the day and hopes to do it again. "There was something so wholesome about seeing the kids in their outfits. They just looked so simple and sweet," she said.

For those interested in getting a look at the Havan School House their annual picnic will be held on Sunday, June 3 at 1 p.m. It will be a potluck. The Havan School house is owned by the Tama County Museum and is kept up by fundraising done by the Museum and Haven Township.



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