Walker School students learn about local history, tools

Jan 17, 2012
Courtesy of: Walker School Michelle Gifford of Davistown Museum demonstrates how the cooper's tool called a croze was used. According to the 1860 census, there were 10 coopers in Montville and 19 in Liberty at that time.

Liberty — Walker School in Liberty held a local history Reading is Fundamental event on Dec. 7. The theme was "Step Back in Time With a Good Book."

RIF is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States, providing new, free books for children to choose from and make their own.

For two weeks preceding this local RIF event, each grade was given clues to help them identify an old-style mystery tool used in Liberty and Montville. The various tools were revealed on Dec. 7 with the help of Toni Clark from Liberty Historical Society, Michelle Gifford from Davistown Museum, and Victoria Marshall and Denise Miner.

During the presentations, students learned about how the tools were used by cobblers, coopers, farmers, carpenters, blacksmiths and people working in the household. Following the tool exploration, each child had a chance to look through a wide assortment of books and choose one to take home.

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