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Plato Elementary’s third-graders may have a better understanding of Oklahoma history and heritage thanks to a visit to the Chisholm Trail Heritage Center.
On Tuesday, the students made a trip to the Heritage Center, which gave them an opportunity to look through the Garis Gallery of the American West, learn about Oklahoma land runs and even participate in a mock land run.
Over the course of two hours, students learned about things ranging from Kentucky Daisy, who was one of the first women to stake a claim in an Oklahoma land run, and life on the Chisholm Trail, which they got from watching the Experience Theatre film.
At one point, students were given sheets depicting portions of the paintings in the Garis Gallery. From there, students were teamed up and went looking through the art gallery to find the paintings the snippets pertained to.
Sherry Stanley, a Heritage Center educator, led students through this portion of the Heritage Center tour. Stanley said the scavenger hunt of sorts can be challenging for the students, but it’s something they enjoy, too. She said she enjoys watching them as they start to notice the details of the paintings that lead them to determine which painting they’re looking for.
Dilynn Hare, Plato third-grade teacher, said this is usually one of the students’ favorite parts of the Heritage Center tour because they are challenged to think differently to find what they’re looking for.
“I think they really like this part: The searching, the investigating,” Hare said.
Another activity at the Heritage Center took place in the Experience Theatre. The students were introduced to land runs and were show a portion of the land run scene from the film “Far and Away.” The scene depicted the four Oklahoma land run, which was one of the largest and one of the few captured in photos.
This was followed by a mock land run on the north side of the Heritage Center. Stanley and Hare said the day wasn’t just education for the students, it provided them with some entertainment, too.
“They had a good time,” Dilynn Hare, Plato third-grade teacher, said.