Middle Schooler's Research Identifies Historic Remains

September 28, 2020 10:21am

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A research project into the Spirit Lake Conflict of 1857 by a group of 7th graders from the Graettinger-Terril and Ruthven-Ayrshire Community Schools will culminate in a special event on the grounds of the Abbie Gardner cabin in Arnolds Park.

Donna Mau of the "Lakes Area Questers" group, an organization specializing in the preservation of local history and historical sites, says the students have identified those buried at a site on the grounds of the cabin previously marked by just a metal frame.

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Mau says the students wanted to do the research to find the names of the individuals who were buried there.  The students were successful in finding all the names.  There were several children, and Mau says she thinks that's why they were excited about doing the project.  The students even purchased a marker for the site.

Mau says the students' teacher contacted the State Historic Sites Manager and received permission to place the marker on the location where 17 people are buried.

The event is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. Friday, October 9th 2020 on the grounds of the Abbie Gardner cabin and historical site in Arnolds Park.

The public is invited to attend.

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