Vesterheim and the Decorah Community Schools have a long-standing partnership to help students better understand change over time through the exploration of historic agricultural tools and processes. This fall, third-grade classes from Carrie Lee Elementary are visiting Vesterheim’s campus to experience intergenerational hands-on activities and discovery.

During the most recent visit, students and their adult guests used nineteenth-century agricultural technology and machinery to press apples, make rope, shell corn, and hand-thresh grain. They also learned about Decorah’s past through study of historic photographs and maps and searched for tools in the museum’s Painter-Bernatz Mill.

The third-grade visits are supported by generous gifts to the Vesterheim Annual Fund from friends and members like you.