Lorenzo to host seventh Rippleton Schoolhouse summer camp

For the seventh summer running, The Friends of Lorenzo will once again offer the opportunity for children to spend a week of fun and learning during day camp at the Rippleton Schoolhouse, located on the grounds of Lorenzo State Historic Site.

Originally constructed circa 1814, and moved to Lorenzo in 1997, the schoolhouse has been carefully restored to its late 19th century appearance. The historic structure now sets the backdrop for a number of educational programs throughout the year.

"Miss Mattie Buckland," the 1880s schoolmarm at Rippleton, will be portrayed by veteran educator Barbara Cook, and will conduct a lively week of activities for participating students, ages 8 to 11. Participants will explore late 19th Century rural education and related themes including costume, etiquette, leisure activities, crafts history, transportation, nature and art.

The week's activities will culminate on Friday with an "old-fashioned" strawberry social to which students' families are invited. All required activity materials are covered by the week's program fee ($150 per student; $135 for Friends of Lorenzo members) and students must bring their own lunch, snacks will be provided.

Space for July 20 to 24 summer camp at Lorenzo is limited. The registration deadline is June 24; for more information about this program, call Lorenzo 655-3200.

Incorporated in 1975, The Friends of Lorenzo is a not-for-profit affiliate of Lorenzo State Historic Site and is dedicated to supporting the many preservation and educational programs at the site.

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