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Shane’s Crossing Historical Society Teaches

Third Grade Students about Local History

By: PHS Junior Kara Heck
Historical Society

On Thursday, May 10 volunteers from the Shane’s Crossing Historical Society, including Parkway High School students, taught Parkway’s third-grade students about the history of the village of Rockford. The students saw where the first school and post office were located as well as the locations of where the airport, trading post, and swimming pool once existed. The students then toured the log house located in Shane's Park, where they learned the history of Anthony Shane, who was the founder of Shane’s Crossing. They learned that Rockford was originally known as Shane's Crossing and was established in 1820. The students also learned how people lived in the 1800’s. After the log house, the students were taken to where Johnny Appleseed was believed to have planted apple trees. The students learned about Johnny Appleseed and the legend behind the apple trees. Then, the students were taken to the local museum to see the history of Rockford. At the museum, the students looked at many historical artifacts from Rockford. To conclude the day, the students learned about the upcoming bicentennial celebration of the Village of Rockford. Learning about the history of our local community was a great way for Parkway’s students to conclude their school year.  


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