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North Polk students tour Ankeny’s Historical Museum

Fourth-graders from West Elementary in Polk City visited the museum on Dec 12. Submitted photo
Fourth-graders from West Elementary in Polk City visited the museum on Dec 12. Submitted photo
Fourth- and sixth-grade students from Alleman visited the museum on Nov. 19. Submitted photo
Fourth- and sixth-grade students from Alleman visited the museum on Nov. 19. Submitted photo
On Nov. 19, fifth-graders from North Polk Central Elementary visited the Ankeny Historical Museum. Submitted photo
On Nov. 19, fifth-graders from North Polk Central Elementary visited the Ankeny Historical Museum. Submitted photo

During a tour of the Ankeny Historical Museum, Mrs. Schwab’s fourth- through sixth-grade reading students learned about local history. This tour was part of the students’ research for National History Day (NHD). Each student will select a topic, research primary and secondary sources, and then present their work as a paper, exhibit, performance, website or documentary. NHD gives students the opportunity to learn more about historical issues, ideas, people or events that interest them. Students were especially interested in coal mining and immigration, rules for students and teachers in history, government’s role in agriculture during the Depression, as well as eminent domain and the ordinance plant in Ankeny. The theme for NHD this year is “Rights and Responsibilities,” so the tour guides focused on the rights and responsibilities for each of the topics during the tours.

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