Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, Jan. 10, 2000

Students to write and sing history

By Irene Bender
Humphrey Museum Director

"The arts enlighten our understanding, making it deeper and more comprehensive and help us to define who we are and to articulate our own very special sense of being," said Charles Fowler, educator, in "The Necessity for the Arts."

Humphrey Elementary has embarked on a cross-curricular study of the arts and history.

Recently students learned that history can be exciting. "Writing and Singing Our History" is an outreach sponsored by the Humphrey Museum in collaboration with the staff of Humphrey Elementary. The activity is made possible by a grant from the Central Minnesota Arts Board and the Waverly Lions Club.

A booth and enlarged photograph of Hubert Humphrey and Dan Graham sitting in a booth at Ogle's Cafe was the setting of a skit by music teacher Dawn Kalvig, fourth grade teacher Joan Johnson, and myself at the school's community wide meeting Jan. 3.

Bill McCarty's sixth grade class carried banners describing Humphrey.

During the week, volunteers Dick Miller, Bea Gagnon, Adrian Duske and Irene Woitalla were guests in the classrooms relating both history and personal stories of Humphrey. Each class is researching a photo of some event in Humphrey's life.

Matt Ollig, a sophomore at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School visited each class room reciting Humphrey's Human Rights speech given in 1948 at the Philadelphia Democratic convention.

Joan Johnson and Bill McCarty's core classes for the project toured several of the local places, including the Marysville Township Hall where the former senator and vice president voted. Sean Campbell, a University of Minnesota student, is assisting the museum director with the project.

Humphrey Elementary students will be prepared for "Writing and Singing Our History" this week when folk singer Charlie Maguire will be the artist-in-residence at Humphrey Elementary. The public is welcome to see the results of this project when the students present their original songs Friday, Jan. 14, 1:30 and 7 p.m. at the Waverly Village Hall.

A new way of looking at local history is being explored by the students of Humphrey Elementary. The project involves several generations of people, from those who personally knew Humphrey to the young students who were fascinated with the secret service who guarded him when he was in Waverly.

The words which bring all generations together are the words of Humphrey: "To those who say that this civil rights program is an infringement on states' rights, I say the time has arrived for the Democratic Party to get out of the shadow of state's rights and to walk forthrightly into the bright sunshine of human rights."

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