From the desk of Chani Jones:
On September 26th and 27th, the Historical Administration class volunteered at the annual Harvest Frolic weekend at Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. Students dressed in period attire and participated in activities such as wool processing, clothespin-doll making, historic games, food preservation, and apple cider production. Class members also helped run contests in rail splitting, pie eating, skillet tossing, and dipper-cup races.
H.A. students Kate Dickerson and Rachel Tavaras preserve pumpkin, beans, and okra.
Erika Allison, one of the H.A. students, spoke about her experience:
“I had a lot of fun volunteering at Lincoln Log Cabin this past weekend. The kids and even some adults seemed to really enjoy making cloth pin dolls and it was a fun item they could take home to remember the day. I also played period games with the kids and had a blast playing graces and chasing the hoop around the farm with the kids and my fellow volunteers. At the end of the day on Sunday some of the volunteers danced a reel while the band played for us. The weekend went really well, it was great to see so many people come out to support the farm and enjoy history. Several people told me how much they look forward to this festival every year and it was such a great thing to hear how what the farm means to the town.”
H.A. students, Colleen Filipek, Kyle Dickson, Maria Mears, Amy Ramsland, and Erika Allison dancing a reel.
From the Co-Presidents of the History Club at EIU:
On December 6th, several members from the History Club at Eastern Illinois University volunteered at the “Civil War Christmas” event at the Lincoln Log Cabin Historic State Site
. Visitors were able to see what preparing for Christmas was like for the Thomas Lincoln family and their neighbors the Sargents.
L-R: Co-President Cayla Wagner, Secretary Tom Travis, and Co-President Emily McInerney volunteering at the Lincoln Log Cabin.
Children visitors were able to do period-appropriate, holiday-themed crafts like making paper ornaments. Visitors were also welcomed by a 19th century Santa Claus, dressed in red, white, and blue to show Union support.
History Club Secretary Tom Travis donned his personal Union solider uniform and educated guests on what a solider’s Christmas may have been like on the front. He also served as Santa’s aid while greeting children.
Co-Presidents Emily McInerney and Cayla Wagner also traded modern clothing for period clothing while sitting in the Lincoln’s cabin. They, too, explained to guests what it might have been like to celebrate the holiday.
The History Club at EIU plans on maintaining a relationship with Lincoln Log Cabin and volunteering at future events to help educate the public about life in the 1800s.
L-R: Co-President Cayla Wagner, HA Student Amy Wywialowski, and Co-President Emily McInerney at the Lincoln Log Cabin.