Story and photos by Ernie Over, Managing Editor, County10.com
(Lander) – Junior Class Social Studies students at Lander Valley High School filled the Auxiliary Gym Tuesday night with family historical artifacts and stories in the annual “LVHS Night at the Museum” event.
“It’s amazing, you wouldn’t know there was so much history on display in one place,” said judge and social studies teacher Charlie Patton. “Everyone here has a story, and the Native American kids who are usually quiet in the classroom, are really outgoing here talking about their families and culture.”
The variety of exhibits ranged from simple story boards decorated with photos and text, to war souvenirs, handmade furniture passed down over the generations, clothing examples from days gone by, a homemade flag pole with an antler base honoring a family member’s military service, beadwork, powwow accessories, family genealogy and more. Several students dressed up in their roles and one student brought along an electronic keyboard to play a piece of music important in her family’s background. An exchange student also created an exhibit based on her host family’s history.
Each student stood by his or her respective exhibit and answered questions or made a short presentation on the artifacts or exhibit subject.
A sampling of the many dozens of exhibits and stories:
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