By Kathleen Spring
There is a lot of news about news reporting lately. We get our news almost instantly, whether something happens in Lyons, or Washington, D.C., or even London, England. But how did people in the pioneer days get their news? How long did it take to get news of a birth or death across from America’s East coast to its West coast? How did Native Americans send messages without a written language? All of these

questions and more will be answered in the 2018 Lyons History Day Camp. In addition, campers will learn about the town of Lyons’ history through the artifacts in the museum, and about what wild animals lived in Colorado hundreds of years ago.

The morning camp takes place June 11 to 15 this year, instead of the end of summer. It is open to Lyons kids, ages 6 to 10, for a fee of $50. Campers attend from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in the Lyons Redstone Museum.

On News Day, students will learn about “couriers” during the Civil War; about “newspaper readers” in the Wild West; about Native American “petroglyph” images on rocks; and, about Lyons’ old newspapers and post office.

In addition, the kids will make a coordinated craft. On News Reporting day they will sew and decorate a small Indian leather pouch. For Wild Animal day, they will choose the photograph of their favorite wild animal and frame it. For Lyons History Day, they will paint a red sandstone rock from popular Western Stone, a Lyons quarry yard.

One of the most well-liked activities is the historical skit that is performed in front of parents and friends on the final day of camp. This summer’s theme will be about delivering news across the state of Colorado in the 1800s, and kids will wear old-time hats or outfits. 

The big scrap book that kids put together over the week is not only fun, but a souvenir of all the things they learned. They can share it with other siblings, best friends, neighbors, grandparents and kids at school. They creatively record their day’s lessons with stickers, markers, pictures, quizzes, maps, and more.

The campers take a break and enjoy a healthy light lunch, with real juice, water, or organic milk.

Every year the camp program has received rave reviews from parents, such as Jocelyn Farrell in 2010, stating, “My son thoroughly enjoyed (the activities). He came home each day with many stories. He really enjoyed teaching us about Lyons history. It helped us all feel more in touch with our community.” And, in the words of a camper in 2016, nine year old Payton Bolkovatz, “The Lyons History camp was so so so fun because we learned lots of facts about Lyons, and it was a fun creative camp.”

If your child loves history, and would enjoy getting fascinating history lessons each morning, followed by a quality craft, and maintaining a daily journal, then sign up now. To register for this camp, parents must call camp director Kathleen Spring at (303) 823-5271. The museum will open for the season in May, Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sundays from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. These ten spots go fast. Lyons parents must register and pay the fee by 4 p.m., on Saturday, June 2. There is an opening for a person to be an assistant to the camp director for two hours Monday through Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

This informative and fun camp is made possible by the Lyons Historical Society, and a donation from Lyons Automotive. The next time you visit their business, please give them your thanks for supporting this wonderful opportunity to educate more people about Lyons history!

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