There are two weeks left to register for the Indiana Historic Pathways workshop for teachers, interpreters, and other educators on the Buffalo Trace. The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. (ET) at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper. The workshop focuses on the educational boxes developed by the Buffalo Trace Task Force and the interactive activities that went with them. The Task Force was led by the Hoosier National Forest in 2016.
These boxes, which contain interactive activities and hands-on items related to the historic Buffalo Trace, were delivered to every public school in the eight counties along the Trace that have a fourth grade class. In addition, libraries or museums in each county were given a box to have on loan to other entities such as homeschools, parochial schools, parks, or camps that might want to use the boxes and curriculum. There is also a box at the Hoosier National Forest office in Bedford.
“The boxes and activities have been very popular,” said Teena Ligman, project coordinator for the Buffalo Trace boxes, “so now we’re promoting the boxes and adding another activity with a workshop.” The workshop is made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities. Ligman encourages educators to register now to attend the workshop.
At the workshop, new activities will be unveiled and new items for the boxes will be distributed. The workshop has an outstanding lineup of speakers, including Dr. Cheryl Munson, archaeologist from Indiana University, to speak on Native American use of the Trace; Frank Doughman, Superintendent at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, to talk about the military use of the Trace and the Indiana Rangers; David Ruckman to speak about early surveyors and how surveyors have located much of the trace on the ground today; an operating partner from Red Frazier Bison Ranch; a teacher panel discussing innovative uses of the activities; and John Bauert and Vince Ross from the Indiana Postal History Society to speak about postal route history.
Registration information is online at https://www.usi.edu/hsi101. The workshop fee is $10 which includes lunch, handouts and take-home items.
Ligman said the workshop committee has some great door prizes and is excited about the lineup of speakers. “We think it will an inspirational workshop, and get some real synergy going with the teachers and interpreters who come, so we hope to fill the room to capacity!”
For more information about the workshop or the educational boxes contact Megan Glenn at 812-465-7014. This program has been made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.