If a picture is worth 1,000 words, here’s one that sums up Home History School so nicely, sent by an AH reader who has been out seeking hidden horses. Thanks Carla. Yes, this horse is wearing a mask.
On Mondays around here we’ve been providing activities and tools to get kids of all ages (even us big kids) exploring the history of our neighborhoods.
- We started by encouraging history detectives to search out and meet the ubiquitous Elwood Wiles, whose name is on sidewalks all over the eastside from 1910-1915.
- We suggested tools for figuring out the story of your house, including finding your earliest plumbing permits and your old street address.
- Discovering your nearest streetcar route and considering what the streetcar meant to our neighborhoods came next.
- We went on safari to neighborhood schools with 1924 maps in hand, and tales of school buildings long gone.
- Our oldest residents—our trees, and in particular our Heritage trees—came next with walks, tree ID keys and stories of the Pearson Pine.
- And then the horses: thinking about what horses meant to these neighborhoods. They were fundamental to our early life and the energy they invested still shapes the ground we walk. Their plows and wagons build the eastside grid.
So in our last regular Home History School post, we turn the table a bit today with a look forward: what will the future understand about the pandemic that has turned our lives upside down here in 2020?
This week’s focus is on what you’re doing to record your own thoughts and observations and how you will pass them forward to the future. Check it out: