On November 2, 2017 Killingly High School Engineering and Construction students will be at Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts (OSV) for the official dedication of the two story children's playhouse that was built by KHS students this past year.
A plaque that describes the building and the OSV/KHS partnership will be mounted over the playhouse's fireplace. This post and beam building was designed and constructed by KHS students to replicate the living quarters of a family in 1810; including a kitchen with a harvest table, fireplace and beehive oven, and a second floor with sleeping quarters. The building is designed for children from 1-8 years of age.
After the dedication, KHS students will be involved in taking dimensions and making drawings of several OSV historical artifacts that they will use to make reproductions of these pieces. This partnership is in its fourth year of involvement.
The mission of the OSV and KHS Partnership is twofold: (1) to engage students in real life experiences involving historical significance of artifacts created by artisans during the 1790-1820's and to accurately reproduce these artifacts; and (2) to enable OSV to have accurate reproductions to be used in the public areas of the living museum without concerns of priceless artifacts being damaged.
The partnership of KHS (a comprehensive high school with over 25 Career Pathways) and the OSV living museum exemplifies the importance of connecting students to history, how life was over two hundred years ago and how it relates to today.