The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

June 24, 2013

History comes to life at Heritage Center day camp

By Phyllis Zorn, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — Life in the Cherokee Outlet 100 years ago comes alive this week for 11 youths at History Explorers Summer Day Camp at Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center.

Monday started out with some old-fashioned fishing at Government Springs Park.

“They make their own poles out of cane,” said Cody Jolliff, education director at the museum.

After that, the fourth- through sixth-graders went inside to learn about archiving and preparing artifacts for public display. Campers donned white gloves to handle the items.

Museum curator Dave Kennedy guided them through the things to record in getting an item ready to be exhibited.

“We’re giving them a collection of objects,” Kennedy said. “They are not museum exhibits, they are story props.”

After the history sleuths have prepared the items, they will be on display in the museum for a few weeks.

Kennedy, Jolliff, archivist Aaron Preston and museum volunteer Bill Nokes helped campers with measuring and describing the items to be in the display, then writing.

Today, campers will learn about surveying in the Cherokee Strip. Wednesday, they will learn about the school days of the early settlers. Thursday’s lesson will be on how laundry was done and Friday will be cowboy cattle drive.

Campers will do crafts today, Wednesday and Thursday, and have a parent program Friday afternoon.