Hershey Elementary’s fourth grade classes attended Landis Valley Museum last Friday. Landis Valley Museum is a “living history village and farm that collects, preserves and interprets the history and material culture of the Pennsylvania German rural community from 1740 to 1940.”* Hershey students got to experience life in the 1800s. Each fourth-grade class had their own personalized schedule. If “Schoolhouse” was on the list, students walked to the one-room school and met their teacher at the front door. Girls silently entered first, followed by the boys. Students took part in a lesson from the time period, complete with slates and chalk. For the Childhood Sampler session, fourth-graders experienced chores such as washing clothes by hand, building fences, fetching water, milking cows, and “making their beds” (by stuffing a large pillow case with hay). Other session titles from the day included: Historic craft-making, Archaeology, and Wool-spinning. During self-guided tours, teachers and students had opportunity to visit the tin shop, the country store and more! A student favorite is always the horse and wagon ride around the property. What a beautiful day is was to go back in time! Fun fact... Did you know? Children from the 1800s worked the family farm six days a week. Play was reserved for Sundays.
*Cited on 10/30/17 at http://landisvalleymuseum.org.
Derry Township School District is an award-winning public school system located in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Our community enjoys a legacy that began with founder Milton S. Hershey. The district serves approximately 1,400 students in kindergarten through fifth grade residing in Derry Township, Dauphin County.