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Rippleton Schoolhouse Summer Camp readies for upcoming eighth season

Students of the 2011 Rippleton Schoolhouse Summer Camp complete an activity on their slate boards. The 2012 camp will be help from July 30 to Aug. 4.

Students of the 2011 Rippleton Schoolhouse Summer Camp complete an activity on their slate boards. The 2012 camp will be help from July 30 to Aug. 4. Barbara Bartlett

— Whirligigs, slate boards, lunch pails, knickers and aprons, fountain pens and a real school bell will once again help to set the stage for a week of engaged learning and fun at Lorenzo’s one room schoolhouse from July 30 through Aug. 4.

Without the benefit of modern electronic devices, summer camp attendees ages 8 to 11 will enjoy their days at Rippleton exploring 19th century arts and crafts, agricultural practices, horse and carriage etiquette, culinary traditions, customary attire and local history mysteries.

Originally constructed in 1814, the Rippleton Schoolhouse was moved to Lorenzo in 1997 and carefully restored to its late 19th century appearance. Hundreds of Central New York students become immersed in a full day of learning at the school each spring semester, and summer camp provides an in-depth, authentic experience for those pupils thirsty for more of the same.

“Miss Mattie Buckland,” the 1880s schoolmarm at Rippleton, will be portrayed by Kathleen Emerson, a Skaneateles native, former staff member at Genesee Country Museum and fourth grade teacher in the Chittenango school district. Accompanying her class to Rippleton over the past several years inspired Emerson to join the Lorenzo staff this summer and begin conducting classes.

Registration for the 2012 camp is due June 29; 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.

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.

Space for the July 30 through Aug. 4 summer camp at Lorenzo is limited; for more information about this program, call Diane Voss at 655-3200.

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