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  April 19, 2015  
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Ozark Folk Center Pioneer Day Camp

Children have a difficult time grasping the continuum of time that has led from past to present. At the Folk Center we focus on craft skills and music of 100 years ago. The Pioneer Day Camp gives visiting children a chance to delve into the past through small groups and personal visits and lessons from the Ozark craft people and musicians themselves.

Kids, have fun while learning the traditional and the "newer" ways of life in the Ozarks. People in this area have relied on their personal skills and nature's materials to make objects for everyday life and to make art. Pioneer Day Camp allows children to visit with several Ozark crafts people and make soap sculptures, pottery, and pasta. They play early games like "Button, Button" and try out folk instruments creating a diverse combination of hands-on activities and personal experiences.

Meeting and learning from actual craftsmen and musicians leads to an understanding of and respect for the Ozark people and their skill. Completion of multiple projects increases the individual's skill and creates a sense of accomplishment and pride.


Mary Gillihan, Park Interpreter 870-269-3851

Arkansas State Parks
Ozark Folk Center State Park
PO Box 500
Mountain View, AR 72560

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