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Grandview Sixth-Graders Visit Local History Museum
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December 18, 2019 — Grandview sixth-graders had the opportunity to visit the Westonka History Museum Dec. 11 and 12. This annual trip is definitely a highlight of sixth grade, according to social studies teacher Jessica Rashleger. She explained that the students are starting a history research project and that visiting the museum is a great way for students to find local subjects that they are interested in learning more about.
The museum, located at 5341 Maywood Road in Mound, is a rich source of information about the notables in the Westonka area, local celebrities and Native American artifacts. It also has a Tonka Toy collection that fills an entire room. In addition to over 70 videos of local history, the museum has an extensive history of the 100-year-old school system, including many yearbooks and much more.
“The students really enjoyed learning about local history and even getting to meet some of the people involved in that history!” said Rashleger. Museum volunteer Ron Pauly was also a Tonka Toys designer. The sixth-graders loved hearing his personal stories from his days working at the factory.
“It’s always a delight to have all the sixth-graders from Grandview Middle School visit the history museum,” said Pam Myers, past president of the Westonka Historical Society, which runs the museum. “They are amazed at the age of the projectiles found on our lake shores, delighted that they, too, will be a part of local history when their photo appears in the high school yearbook, and realize that when they walk or ride a bike down the Dakota Trail, they are following the railroad tracks that once went all the way to the Pacific Coast.”
Other docents on hand for the tour included Mary Opheim, Becky Thorpe, Kandis Hanson and George Buehl, with support from Nancy Oestreich and Sharon Corl.
Myers hopes that the tour encourages students to return to the museum and bring their families. The museum is open Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and features a gift shop filled with puzzles and books about local history for all ages.