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Leatherwork

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American Cultures

ACTIVITY: Make your Own: Moccasins

GRADES: Middle School - Adult

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA MERIT BADGE: Leatherwork
Time: 4 hours

Event Date: TBD

Event Schedule: TBD

 

OBJECTIVE

Students will learn hands-on how moccasins are made. Students will make their own pair of moccasins according to their own foot size. Students will develop simple leather and sewing skills.

 

MATERIALS

Leather, or Leather substitute if requested, beads, awl, "sinew"

ACTIVITY: Cooking like a Pioneer

GRADES: Middle School - Adult

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA MERIT BADGE: Cooking
Time: 4 hours

Event Date: TBD

Event Schedule: TBD

 

OBJECTIVE

Students will learn hands-on how to cook like a pioneer over an open fire with cast-iron pans, and pioneer are cooking tools. Students may choose from the Museums’ recipe list, or may create their own menu.

 

MATERIALS

Fire Pit, Wood, Fire Grate, Cast Iron Pans, Tongs, Dishes 

ACTIVITY: Let’s Be Geologists!

GRADES: Middle School - Adult

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA MERIT BADGE: Geology
Time: 3-4 hours

Event Date: TBD

Event Schedule: TBD

 

OBJECTIVE

Students will learn, through discussion and hands-on, the geology and topography of the Driftless Region.  They will delve into the Ordovician Period of 485-444 million years ago, taking a look at fossils that include mollusks and arthropods which dominated Wisconsin’s Cambrian sea long ago.   Students will leap into the Ice Age and find out why our region looks the way it does, and how this has affected the mining industry in this region. We will also take a look at fossils from this period.  Students will explore the 1845 Bevans Mine for any fossils and to experience the Ordovician rock around them.  Students will examine the stalactites and stalagmites that have formed.  

 

MATERIALS

Fossils, magnifying glasses, fossil diagrams, flashlights 

ACTIVITY: The Fur Trade and Mining

GRADES: Middle School - Adult

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA MERIT BADGE: American Cultures
Time: 2 hours

Event Date: TBD

Event Schedule: TBD

 

OBJECTIVE

Students will learn how First Nations of the Upper Mississippi Valley mined and trapped, and how they traded with early Europeans and Americans in this region.  They will learn how the mining industry affected the First Nations of this region.  Students will learn about the tensions that lead to the Winnebago and Black Hawk War.  

 

MATERIALS

Beads, fur trade jewelry, ax, flint and steel, food, basket, tools, copper, fur trade furs, scissors case, beaded bag, maps, photographs 

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  • Unlimited FREE Train Rides (May-October)
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HOURS:

Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. | July 1 - October 31

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