Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever. Hebrews 13:8
T E L L I N G T H E S T O R Y O F T H E O H I O F R O N T I E R
THE OHIO FRONTIER HISTORY LADY
Karen Ruth Meyer
HOW DID PIONEERS spend their time? Working hard to produce nearly everything from scratch took up many hours of the day. Yet they took time for social events, like weddings, funerals, and dances. They enjoyed contests of skill, such as shooting matches, races, or wrestling. On the Lord’s Day, they gathered to hear a preacher, perhaps an itinerant who served several congregations. Children’s toys were simple wooden toys whittled on a winter evening.
Soap making takes about 30 minutes. Students help stir. Each one gets a finished bar of lye soap to take home.
LACING A LEATHER POUCH
Each pouch, about 3” X 5,” is laced using a blunt needle. Provide helpers to assure that each one gets assistance as needed. Each one gets an arrowhead to keep in his pouch. Fee $3.00 per pouch.
GRANDMA SARAH IMPERSONATION (40+ Min.)
First person talk about life on the Ohio frontier in 1780. Grandma Sarah brings many artifacts and several models to illustrate pioneer times. See pioneer resourcefulness as the narrative describes everyday activities. This activity can be combined with one other.
INFORMATION FOR TEACHERS AND ACTIVITY DIRECTORS
Grandma Sarah fee $125.00
Earn a discount of 10% by sending out fliers one week in advance.
Homeschool groups, ask for special rates.
Karen Meyer enjoys sharing her interest in history with young people and adults alike. Her own interest began in Ohio history classes during her school years. Her books, Conflict at Chillicothe, Battle at Blue Licks and Missing at Marietta bring the reader into the action, a key to sparking a love for history. When you schedule an author visit for your group, you may choose an activity that will suit a current study or excite a new area of interest. Allow at least an hour to complete an activity.
The Ohio Frontier History Lady (otherwise known as Grandma Sarah) will come in costume to conduct your group via time travel to the year 1780. On the Ohio frontier at that time, settlers made or grew nearly everything they needed. During a hands-on project, the History Lady will interact with your group about this aspect of life among early frontier settlers.
Personalized, signed copies available. Call Karen for details.
North to Freedom review
Reviewed by Hilary Hawkes for Readers' Favorite
North to Freedom by Karen Meyer is the story of the escape of two young slave boys, Moses and Tom. The boys take their chance to flee from their cruel owners in Kentucky and make their way to the freedom of Canada. Relying on the assistance of the enlightened folk who provide safe passage, shelter and hide-outs, they find goodness and kindness in many. But who can they really trust and will the slave catchers and their allies (who want the reward) get to them and force them back to Kentucky before they reach safe new lives?
Karen Meyer’s story is a well-written and often nail-biting adventure that takes the reader on a perilous journey to reach freedom. Danger and threats are at every turn, but this contrasts with the kindness and bravery of those who are willing to help runaway slaves. North to Freedom takes a poignant look at the horrific abuse and cruelty that befell those forced into slavery in this period of history (1800s). While fiction, it is also a true reflection of the “underground railroad” or passage to freedom that was set up by many and they are included as characters in the story. Meyer conveys the desperation and, at the same time, the faith in God of many who were consigned to live such terrible lives.
I loved the characters of Moses and Tom – their determination, bravery and belief in the goodness of many. The Butler family showed human nature at its best and, while the story is about escape from slavery, the focus is very much on the goodness of more enlightened people of that time. This is a book that will teach young readers about slavery through involving them in the plight of the two young characters. It will provoke discussions about the immorality of slavery and enable young readers to reflect and learn. Highly recommended as an important addition to any child’s home or class library.
Claire Russell's family will be evicted in two months if Papa can't pay the bank. He says to trust the Lord, but Claire is desperately worried. When her twin brother Reuben writes a play, he and Claire enlist their boarders, their neighbors, and young Orville Wright to act in it. The Countess has so much enthusiasm for her role as the Queen, she even agrees to wear her valuable tiara as a part of her costume. Will the ticket sales be enough to save the family's Victorian boarding House?
One by one strange things continue to happen until the night of the play, when the biggest catastrophe of all unfolds. When the thief catchers, Claire, Reuben, and Orville, unite to follow the thief's trail, they face some big surprises. Can Mr. Drummond be trusted? and will Claire ever learn to give her fears to God?