Monday, December 8, 2008

Field Trip To Historical House

Yesterday the kids and I took a tour of this historical house. It's the Steven Crawford house and one of 6 houses that are set up as museums here in the city. For the month of December they are celebrating, "Let it Snow", and what a celebration it is!!

Right now it is decorated with a snowman theme for Christmas. It's like entering a time warp to a bygone era. Built in 1907-08, the Stevens-Crawford Heritage House never passed out of the hands of the family that built it and still has most of its original furniture.

The kids got to hear Christmas carols on an old victrolia and Peter watched in fascination as a rope pulley brought wood up to the kitchen stove through a trapdoor. Tink was delighted with the dolls in the child's room. There were tin dolls, china dolls, and glass dolls. Gorgeous doll houses were set up with intricate doll furniture in them. The one had actually belonged to Merdie, Steven Crawfords daughter.

"The Stevens Crawford Museum is located in a 1908 classical Foursquare style house. It was owned by the original family until 1968 and much of the period furniture is still kept in the house. There are 15 furnished rooms, including a working kitchen, living room, bedrooms, dining room and a doll collection. There is also a museum area which features displays of souvenir plates, children's toys and Indian baskets."

If you would like to see a slideshow of the inside of the house go here.

I now know what we are going to study in history winter term. I was appalled at Tinks lack of knowledge on Oregons history. When we study it this winter term I am going to take the kids through all the historical houses and museums. We live in the oldest city west of the Mississippi and it's steeped in history.

Now I cant wait to start our study!

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