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July 13, 2011 - 6:28pm

Kids get hands-on history lesson at Harvester Cemetery

Even the fierce, sizzlin' heat couldn't keep this crew inside yesterday, as Holland Land Office Museum kicked off its eight-day "History Heroes Summer Program" at Harvester Cemetery. 

Program coordinator Ann Marie Starowitz (pictured below) took a group of 7- to 11-year-old kids to the cemetery to sketch the gravestones of famous Batavians. Afterward, they went to the Richmond Memorial Library to learn more about these people.

Starowitz said the tour was expanded to become an eight-day program this year. Last year, it only lasted three days.

Between now and July 22, the kids will learn about local history through research and hands-on activities like making their own butter, a mini-archeology dig, candle making and building a miniature log cabin home.

Here are some photos of the kids sketching gravestones (in most cases the photos are of the student and the gravestone he or she is sketching):

Courtney Biegasiewicz, 11, sketches the tombstone of William Morgan.

A very enthusiastic Bridget McCormack, 11, sketches former Batavian Trumbull Cary's headstone.

Liam Raines, 10, was assigned to Joseph Ellicott.

After completing his sketching assignment, 9-year-old Riley Schrader sketches what appears to be a monument to a Civil War soldier.

He was kind enough to show us his sketch before it was finished.

For more information on the Holland Land Office Museum and their programs, call 343-4727 or visit www.hollandlandoffice.com.

SUPPLEMENTAL PHOTO:

The gravestone of Genesee County's first supervisor -- and his wife.

James T. Hansen
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Nice to see the kids taking an interest in their local history. Great pics.

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