Letter From the Trail Program starts in 2018

Letter From the Trail Program starts in 2018

Letter From the Trail is a unique new program that brings literature and history to life in Lane County Classrooms!

We are so excited to launch this new program in February, 2018. A costumed interpreter from the Oregon Trail (circa 1858) will do a 20 minute presentation in your classroom and deliver 20 letters, hand written, from children on the Oregon Trail. These messages through time describe the hopes, dreams, fears, stories, and memories of children aged 8-15, boys and girls, on their way to Oregon. They come from different parts on the journey, and some are written back home to loved ones, and others are written to kin waiting in Oregon. The letters are accompanied by a curriculum aligned to the 4th grade standards for reading, writing, speaking, and discussion. Children will read their letters in pairs, answer questions about the letter, and write a response. Then they present to the class about the contents of their letter.

Plans are being made to display some of the letters along with items about the Oregon Trail in local library cases in Spring 2018.

Teachers can sign up for this program for $50, and the curriculum is unique to Singing Creek Educational Center. It’s all part of fulfilling our mission to bring history to life for local kids.

To learn more and sign up, visit our web site page:

 Camille, 15 years old, and Karen, our Executive Director, researched and wrote the letters and the curriculum in 2017

Camille, 15 years old, and Karen, our Executive Director, researched and wrote the letters and the curriculum in 2017