Living History

For the past two weekends, we've been immersed in history.

Last weekend, we went down to the Mankato area. I'm working on a National Register determination for an apiary near Janesville, and I got to show Patrick and Beatrix some of the work I've been doing in Waseca and Mankato. Beatrix's favorite, however, which she still talks about constantly, were the Betsy-Tacy houses, which I think really made the stories come alive to her.

The next day, we visited the Jeffers petroglyphs — though it was too cold, with the wind coming off the prairie, to stay long. We also stopped at the Harkin General Store — also a little cold and crowded. Nevertheless, we had fun at each.

Building on that, we visited the Ramsey House today. They have a kids' time capsule program, where a certain year is featured and there's a kind of treasure hunt through the house. The year today was 1857, and we stopped at various points through the house for different activities, from guessing when common foods were invented to learning about Marion Ramsey meeting President Lincoln. Beatrix came home saying "It was SO FUN!"

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