On October 7, 2014 the 3rd grade classes went to Abilene, Kansas for our field trip. Our day included visits to the Eisenhower Complex and Dickinson County Heritage Center. In the morning, students learned American Presidential history as they watched a video of Dwight D. Eisenhower's life story, toured his boyhood home and completed a scavenger hunt for artifacts in the museum.
After a picnic lunch in Eisenhower City Park, we headed back toward Old Abilene town where the Dickinson County Historical Society guide took us on a timeline tour of Kansas History. We learned about famous early settlers, outlaws, and Indians and their homes and lifestyles. We explored an authentic log cabin, one room schoolhouse, jail, and even a teepee filled with genuine artifacts.
An added treat housed at the Heritage Center is the C.W. Parker carousel, built in the early 1900's. It is one of only 3 such carousels in the United States. It was purchased and restored to working order and is available for the students to ride during our visit!