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.