After taking photos of the CVVC riders departing Bridge Square last Saturday, I noticed Earl Weinmann standing in front of the Northfield Historical Society museum, surrounded by a gang of outlaws group of high school students.
They were on their way south to Missouri but I didn’t get all the details. When he returned, he emailed me this:
Every year, I invite the participants in the Jr. Posse Program to go to Missouri on the day after the last day of school. (The Jr. Posse are the 8th and 9th graders who go through a two month training program to become summer tour guides at the museum).
In Missouri we visit the childhood home of Frank and Jesse James in Kearney. At St. Joseph we visit the Patee House (the home office of the Pony Express) and the home in which Jesse was assassinated. We also stop at an Antique Market and the 2nd highest point in Iowa (Pilot Knob Park). The trip is two days with one overnight in a hotel.
This was the 20th year of the annual "Magical Missouri Tour." The purpose of the trip is for students to see the places, artifacts, and environment where the Kansas-Missouri Border War took place. They have studied and discussed these places for two months and this trip allows them to become a bit more well-rounded tour guides.
By the way, the school district pays for the transportation (this year the historical society helped out with the bus payment because we needed a larger bus). This year we had the largest group ever. 23 students attended.
I asked Earl for the text of his remarks about Heather. Here’s the transcript:
When I first met this year’s Most Valuable Posse recipient it was early in April during the first Adult Posse training session. By the time the training sessions ended, I knew it was a uniquely talented and unselfish member we were welcoming into our ranks.
The level of commitment that they brought to creating a personalized tour was inspirational. This person looked the part, acted the part, and took visitors on a wonderful journey back in time. But it went far beyond that. In gaining an Adult Posse Member we also received an excellent ambassador for the Historical Society.
There was hardly a Northfield Historical Society event – at least none that I can remember – where this person wasn’t volunteering their time; be it at the annual meeting, during a presentation at the Historical Society, Cemetery Stories, Defeat Days or any function that would further the mission of NHS. The only downside I experienced in knowing this person was the feeling of guilt that I, in comparison, wasn’t doing enough for the society.
I was trying to find a befitting way to end this introduction, one that would express our appreciation. It was given to me today when I talked to her mother on the phone. When she learned that her daughter would receive this award, one of her first comments was "Her father, Ted, would have been so proud of her. "
It is my honor to introduce to you our 2012 Most Valuable Posse Member, the great granddaughter of Dr. D. J. Whiting and the daughter of one of our founders, Mr. Ted Scott. Please join me in congratulating Miss Heather Scott.
I’m nearing completion of proofreading and editing the latest work by my 8th grade SCOPE students. As a result of the past two years of research and writing, selected eighth grade students have written a book about the history of Northfield.
This book (which will be published this fall) will be used as a textbook in the Northfield area elementary schools. We have 42 chapters that go back to before Northfield was a town to projections about the future of Northfield. In each chapter we have interesting tidbits or trivia in little boxes to accompany the text.
I’m writing to you because, in writing the chapter on the history of Northfield Medical Care, my students had difficulty finding any "fun facts" to go with the text. I was thinking that perhaps I could use Locally Grown to solicit long-time residents to contribute a "home remedy" that they were administered as a child growing up here (we talk about the reliance of home remedies in early medical history). The idea is, hopefully, to have your contributors jot down a few of the more interesting remedies they were "subjected" to that we could include in the Medical History chapter.
I want to get this to the layout artist by September…so time is limited…but I thought it might be a fun for students to read what the locals had to do in the hopes of "curing" an illness or malady. Of course, it must be made clear that what they contribute would be subject to this publication. I would like to use their names as well, unless they have an objection. If you think this sort of inquiry is an appropriate use of your blog, please feel free to submit this appeal on your site.
At a holiday gathering at the Upstairs Rueb last night, Earl Weinmann announced that the Northfield Historical Society‘s MVPosse Tour Guide award for 2010 goes to Judy Boehme. NHS ED Hayes Scriven and Christian Hakala ("the sheriff" of the Adult Posse program) made the presentation.
The Northfield Historical Society honored its 2008 volunteers of the year last Thursday night during its Volunteer Appreciation Day. Student Volunteer of the Year: Sofie Jokela. Volunteers of the Year: Chip DeMann and Earl Weinmann. See Hayes Scriven’s blog post for details on all three winners.