CORBIN — Friday morning, several students at Lynn Camp Middle School had a unique learning experience as they went back in time and met Daniel Boone's brother Squire Boone.
Eighth-graders in Lynn Lockard’s U.S. history class had the pleasure of hearing first-hand how Squire Boone and his older brother Daniel Boone were among the first people to explore Kentucky looking for new economic opportunities. Boone was role played by Lynn Camp’s own Hank Gevedon, a high school engineering teacher.
Gevedon volunteered to help introduce the next unit of study on economics to the eighth-grade classes Friday.
Lockard said the newly adopted Kentucky Standards now includes a focus on Kentucky’s history throughout all grade levels.
“Understanding both the concept of economics and Kentucky’s early history as a key player in providing an abundance of new resources for early settlers will hopefully help our students have more pride and appreciation for their home state and heritage,” said Lockard.
During Gevedon’s presentation, students not only heard about the various tools and weapons that Squire Boone made himself, they actually got to see them and touch them.
One of Gevedon’s specialties is manufacturing historical artifacts. (You can learn more about the products and processes used at Reptiletool.works or by searching Reptile toolworks online.)
It was a rare treat for students who were present Friday as they got to see and hold 200-year-old replicas of items such as a tomahawk, bone handle knife, pocket knife and hand axe. Students learned that these items were not only used for work and protection but also trade with Native Americans for fur which was a highly valued product for Europeans.
The highlight for many students was watching fire created from real flint, steel and tinder.
“Students were amazed and were very engaged by all that Mr. Gevedon a.k.a. Squire Boone had to show them and tell them about Boone and early Kentucky trading,” added Lockard.
After Gevedon left the classroom, several students expressed to Lockard that they were looking forward to having him next year in high school and wanted to take his engineering class. According to Lockard, students also have a new appreciation and understanding of how difficult life was in earlier years as well as how a knife or a simple silver cup held much more value than today.