Youth complete Old Schoolhouse Adventure Day Camp in Vermillion Nine area children in second through sixth grade had the opportunity to learn about one-room-school education recently. The Old Schoolhouse Adventure day camp program was held June 10-14 at the log schoolhouse located behind the Austin Whittemore House at 15 Austin Street in Vermillion. The program was sponsored by Statewide Educational Services (SWES) at USD, with the cooperation of the Vermillion Historical Society, the Shrine to Music Museum, the Austin Whittemore House, and the W.H. Over Museum.
The log building was the first permanent schoolhouse in Dakota Territory and was built in 1864. Day camp students participated in a variety of activities from the period of history when the schoolhouse was used, including candle making, butter churning, quilting and beadwork.
Field trips included visits to the W.H. Over Museum, Lewis and Clark Lake, the Shrine to Music Museum, the Austin Whittemore House and Spirit Mound.
Leading the camp was a trio of retired schoolteachers from Vermillion who have researched the history of one-room school history. They are Donna Gross, Fern Kaufman and Shirley Huber.
Students who participated in this year's Old Schoolhouse Adventure are listed below by hometown:
Newcastle � Willie Wright.
Sioux Falls � Maggie Schmidt.
Vermillion � Shelby Covill, Mackenzie Huber, Richie Knutson, Andy Liu, Matt May, Elly Melby and Brandon Widner.