Teacher, DAR member, and library volunteer, Jennifer Whitcomb-Jones, spent Thursday, March 3 in 1800s costume at MacArthur Library in conjunction with their school-wide theme, READ THROUGH HISTORY. Her family goes back to pre-Revolutionary War days, and has saved hundreds of authentic artifacts from early days. Mrs. Whitcomb-Jones explained the difference between a child's day 150 years ago and the present day. She showed her family's milk bottles, homemade toys, candle molds, flatiron, and many linens and antique clothing. MacArthur Library looked like a genuine museum! Each child was allowed to touch history, literally, as Mrs. Whitcomb-Jones generously allowed the children to try on old spectacles, write on a slate, and compare homemade cloth with machine-made fabric. What an insightful learning experience for our students!
Mrs. Whitcomb-Jones demonstrates slate use in front of the 1800s display case.
That's a Revolutionary War mess kit set! Mrs. Engler's class gets to "touch history!"