“We were just hoping to put a local history book out, so when the book became part of the school curriculum we were very happy”, said Joe Spriggs. During the writing of the book, Traci Foutz commented many times although she was born and raised in Lander, she still learned so much during the research and writing. She thinks it is a great addition to the Lander History curriculum.
Again this year, the authors were asked to present to the third graders during their Social Studies class. Carol and Joe visited the elementary school for two days and talked about Lander history using a photo board and interactive teaching techniques to 8 classes on February 11th and 12th. Unfortunately, Traci had a prior commitment and could not be there.
Mrs. Jamey Nielsen, 3rd grade teacher, commented “Your knowledge and method of presentation is right on! The student’s great behavior was an indication of how engaged they were.” Using photos and information from the book, the authors presented an overview of the first 200 years of Lander’s history starting with the first explorers in the early 1800s and covering the settlement of the Lander Valley area up to 1912.
“I think the teachers should be commended for really using their creativity in taking this book and making it the first contact students have with Lander history”, states author Carol Thiesse. The presentation was a success again this.