Location: Halstead, Kansas, United States

This is my seventh year at Halstead which is also where I live with my wife and my soon to be two year old daughter.

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Little House on the Prairie

The Little House on the Prairie historical site offered a lot of history and some interesting insights into the lives of pioneers and settlers on the western frontiers. The entire site gave different aspects on how people lived on the prairie. The size of the cabin was basically equal to a storage shed today but it served as a home for five people. I was surprised that there was only one bed and no clear designations of what different parts of the cabin served for. This tells me that the cabin itself would serve as different room depending on the time of day. This would mean that at different times of the year meals might be cooked outside and the house would serve different functions. This is also reflected in the book Little House on the Prairie. Another, thing that I learned and found interesting was the one room school house. While it was a bit cramped, it was designed to serve all the children’s needs as well as possible. It was clear that a lot of cooperation would expected from the students and as positive attitude. The more that I looked at the historical site, the more I realized the incredible amount of work that went into making things livable and even maybe enjoyable for the families. The final aspect that I learned was the sheer expanse of the land on the prairie. The amount of open space between families must have been incredible and scary at the sometime. Overall, it was a excellent experience.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know if you have seen this or not but it might be interesting and might be useful for a class.

3:42 PM  
Anonymous Kyle said...

I just spent this last week at a Student Council Camp and we had a speaker that really made the students think about our goals and who we look up to in life.

I started to realize, as I was filling out the book that we based our workshop over, there is one person that I look up to more than most, I realized that one person had taught me more then just what the textbook read.

Thanks Mr. Warsnak

1:59 AM  
Anonymous Kyle said...

Oh, and the "Warsnak for President" is up to 100 members nationwide.

2:02 AM  

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