SENECA STUDENTS KICK OFF 6th YEAR OF
HISTORY PROJECT



-----Early in September 2006, the staff and students of Seneca School began preparing for their Nov. 1 unveiling of the school museum and Oral History Project book signing.

-----Kindergarten through fourth grade students spent a full day immersed in the Seneca School History Project.  The morning began with Adele Cerny’s third and fourth graders rebuilding the town and track floor model of Seneca in the early 1930s.  They identified and placed each component of the model, and practiced the script to share with an audience.  Meanwhile, Judith Beaudet Reed introduced the project to the K-2 class, teacher Jan Curtis, and aide Holly Davis.  The two hallway murals of Bear Valley history and Hines Lumber Co. history were used as visual aids to interest the students.  The younger students then moved into Mrs. Cerny’s room where the third and fourth grade students presented Seneca’s history via the floor model.

-----After a midmorning snack, the entire group took a walk around town to view the same buildings and/or sites as were seen in the floor model.  Buildings such as the Bear Valley Lodge, the nurse’s house, and various boxcar houses are still standing.  Students stood on the sites of the old business district, the “cheesebox” houses, and the rows of bunkhouses.

-----After lunch, the first through fourth graders continued their walk, this time to the west of town to see the sites of the Seneca Loggers’ ball field, the shops, the railroad grade to Hines, and the swimming pool.

----- Bobbie Gilmore’s fifth and sixth grade students took a different approach to beginning the History Project this year.  This class will act as the curators for the school museum, which will be housed in the beautiful new display case built by Don Pace.  Judith Beaudet Reed set out all the railroad-related articles found by students in past years around Seneca and in Camp One.  Students were encouraged to identify each find.  In the weeks following, Joe Truax and Kay Trafton helped with further identification.

-----They went through the same process with Indian artifacts found in a previous archaeology project with the Forest Service. Don Hann helped them with the careful cataloguing of the large collection.

-----The students also had a great walk back in time with Seneca School memorabilia.  Once all museum items were identified, they had to make the decision as to which items were to be displayed first.  They wrote description cards for each item to be displayed, and stored remaining items to be included when the museum display is rotated.  They finished with a very professional museum in a beautiful cabinet.