Letter: Fourth graders experience Colonial times

To the Editors:
The Wilton Historical Society has concluded another year of offering its Young Yankees fourth-grade educational programs to youth from Wilton’s Cider Mill School, the Montessori School, Our Lady of Fatima, and home-schoolers. Despite the rain, it was a week chock-full of experiential learning opportunities for the youth.
This year we featured new professional demonstrators, and the fourth graders were busy from start to finish: spinning, weaving and flax breaking, spoke shaving for peg-making, miniature barn-raising, hearth cooking, store-bartering, Native American storytelling, and Colonial Fife & Drum experiences. In addition to the Society’s professional re-enactors and demonstrators, we employed dozens of volunteers. Thank you to all parents from the Cider Mill, Our Lady of Fatima, and the Montessori schools who helped out. We could not have done it without your help!
And, a big thank you to Society volunteers: Nancy Brautigam, James Burch, Moira Craw, Karl Dolnier, Mara Fleming, Whitney Janeway, Andrea McLaughlin, Kim Mellin, Arlene Parkhurst, and Helen Stauderman, who were invaluable for their guidance, and for leading the Society’s hands-on educational programs. Thank you very much.
For those who did not have an opportunity to participate in the week’s Young Yankees program, please join us this Saturday, May 21, from 11 to 2, for Barn/ Blacksmith/& BBQ at the Society!
Leslie Nolan
Executive Director
Wilton Historical Society
Wilton, May 13