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Quilting was part of Heritage Days

Nancy Lockard, left, of Linden teaches the basics of quilting on Oct. 30, 1992 to sixth grade students from Porter Township Elementary School at Lamar. The students are, from left, Michelle Keches, Holly Farrington, Gretchen Rosser, Nicholle Strouse and Amanda Dotterer. The teacher, Donna Dorey, contacted us after we first published this photo, on Aug. 22. She said the quilting was part of Heritage Days, a program she created so students could “experience life as our ancestors did.” They went to Keystone Central School District’s former Environmental Center in Mackeyville for three days and participated in quilting, tinsmithing, basket-making, candle-making, leather-working, and other crafts of the time period indicated by their costumes. On the last day, the class made a 40-gallon kettle of apple butter and cooked homemade soups in two other kettles. Parents and relatives, who one year numbered more than 400 people, enjoyed the feast. Mrs. Dorey said, “I was blessed to have funding for this experience through International Paper’s EDCORE Program, and I received their Grant Writing Award for Heritage Days in 1993.” She also said, “I had a wonderful relationship with the elementary education department at Lock Haven University and, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Priddy, their students acted as instructors and counselors for the three-day residential program.” One of those students recruited her mother, Mrs. Lockard, who is pictured here.

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