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Children experience pioneer times

Through the magic of make-believe - assisted by artifacts and adults - children were transported back in time to 19th Century pioneer days July 8 at the Museum of Church History and Art.

Some 1,300 people attended the unique pioneer activity day at the museum, said Jennifer Lund, museum curator of education.Children selected from a smorgasbord of activities that included a handcart puppet show, singing authentic pioneer songs, learning 19th Century dances, pulling a handcart loaded with 400 pounds of goods, writing an imaginary diary entry with pen and ink.

In other activities, children sampled pioneer Dutch oven cooking, listened to pioneer stories, discovered trail artifacts, learned about ships and wagons and played pioneer games.

"Children were able to quickly understand what Westward Ho' meant in pioneer days," Sister Lund said. "And children learned about the day-to-day work of traveling across the plains. They even learned how to cook withbuffalo chips' as fuel."

Another such pioneer activity day is scheduled July 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The museum is located west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

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