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Educational Workshop Offered On Buffalo Trace
Updated September 20, 2017 6:57 AM | Filed under: Education
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(BEDFORD) - There are three weeks left to register for the Indiana Historic Pathways workshop for teachers, interpreters, and other educators on the Buffalo Trace.

The workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, October 10, from 9 a.m. until to 3 p.m. (ET) at the Dubois County Museum in Jasper.

The workshop focuses on the educational boxes developed by the Buffalo Trace Task Force and the interactive activities that went with them. The Task Force was led by the Hoosier National Forest in 2016.

These boxes, which contain 15 interactive activities and 19 hand-on items related to the historic Buffalo Trace, were delivered to every public school in the eight counties along the Trace which have a fourth grade class. In addition, libraries or museums in each county were given a box to have on loan to other entities such as home schools, parochial schools, parks, or camps that might want to use the boxes and curriculum. There is also a box at the Hoosier National Forest office in Bedford.

At the workshop a new activity will be unveiled and a new item for the boxes will be distributed. The workshop has an outstanding line-up of speakers including Dr. Cheryl Munson, archaeologist from Indiana University, to speak on Native American use of the Trace; Frank Doughman, Superintendent at the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park, to talk about the military use of the Trace and the Indiana Rangers; David Ruckman to speak about early surveyors and how surveyors have located much of the trace on the ground today; an operating partner from Red Frazier Bison Ranch; a teacher panel discussing innovative uses of the activities; and Charles Moman to highlight his original music.

Registration information is posted on the website at The workshop fee is $25 which includes lunch, handouts and take-home items. Ligman said the workshop committee has some great door prizes and is excited about the lineup of speakers. "We think it will be an inspirational workshop, and get some real synergy going with the teachers and interpreters who come, so we hope to fill the room to capacity!"

"The boxes and activities have been very popular," said Teena Ligman, project coordinator for the buffalo trace boxes, "this workshop will promote the boxes and add another activity." The workshop is made possible through a grant from Indiana Humanities. Ligman encourages educators to register now to attend the workshop. Registrations are due by Tuesday, October 3.

For more information about the workshop or the educational boxes contact Megan Glenn at (812) 465-7014. The buffalo trace boxes were a project for the Indiana Bicentennial and grant money from Indiana Humanities and the National Park Service helped make the project possible.

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