Colonial America comes to school

DAR members bring foods, clothes, games from 18th century to Griffin School fifth-graders

lpemberton@theolympian.comMay 19, 2014 

Griffin School’s fifth-graders are getting a glimpse — and a taste — of colonial life, thanks to volunteers with the Sacajawea Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

This month, the group has been leading weekly presentations at the Steamboat Island neighborhood school about 18th century clothing, food and games.

On Wednesday, several DAR members demonstrated how to churn butter, talked about colonial furniture and home life, and offered samples of snickerdoodle cookies, gingerbread and old fashioned chocolate.

“I think it’s really cool because we’re learning about what the people in the colonial days had to do,” said Dale Duncan, 10. “There’s no, ‘I’ll just go to Safeway and buy some butter. You had to make it.”

The school’s 67 fifth-graders have been doing a social studies unit on the American Revolutionary War, said teacher Suzanne Stottlemyre.

“It’s kind of an enrichment, a supplement, to what we’re doing,” she said.

On May 29, the students will participate in the school’s annual living history program, portraying historical figures from the American Revolutionary War.

Brook Harrison, 11, said she’s going to dress up as Sybil Ludington for the event.

“I’ve always thought she was a really adventurous character,” Harrison said. “She was like the female version of Paul Revere.”

Sacajawea Chapter Regent Patty Russell said the group has enjoyed sharing their colonial knowledge and historic artifacts with the children.

“We’re hoping to do it at other schools,” she said. “We’re trying to get the word out.”

Educators or groups interested in a DAR presentation can call Russell at 360-432-9471.

If you go

What: American Revolution Night, a free living history program featuring fifth-graders from Griffin School in Olympia.

When: 6 p.m. May 29.

Where: Griffin School, 6530 33rd Ave. NW, Olympia.

More information: Call Griffin School at 360-866-2515.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com @Lisa_Pemberton

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