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Kids Learn About Changing Farm Technology in WOW Program at Vesterheim


Tue, Oct 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

DECORAH, Iowa — Two hundred forty Decorah-area third-grade students and their teachers, parents, grandparents, and other adults participated in the WOW Program at Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center. The WOW (Window On the World) Program helps students understand change over time through technology.



Students tried their hands at apple pressing, making rope, shelling and grinding corn, and flailing or hand-threshing grain using tools and machines from the past. The students and accompanying adults also explored more technology and tools of the past on a scavenger hunt in the museum's Painter-Bernatz Mill.



The WOW Program is sponsored by Gundersen Health System. Apples were provided by the Luster Heights Work Camp. Oats were provided by Michael Bergan and corn was provided by Roger Bergan. Many Vesterheim and RSVP volunteers assisted with the activities.



“On behalf of everyone at Vesterheim, I want to thank all those in the community who helped us provide this program to area third graders,” Jennifer Kovarik, Vesterheim’s Youth Educator, said.



Through 24,000 artifacts and 12 historic buildings, Vesterheim, the national Norwegian-American museum and heritage center in Decorah, Iowa, shares the most comprehensive collection of Norwegian-American artifacts in the world. This treasure is also a center for folk-art education, offering a wide variety of classes in authentic Norwegian folk art every year. For more information on the museum’s exhibitions, classes, events, membership opportunities, and ways to donate, check Vesterheim’s website at vesterheim.org, call (563) 382-9681, or write to Vesterheim Norwegian-American Museum, 502 W. Water St., P.O. Box 379, Decorah, IA, 52101-0379.

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