Kids map out the town with Mattapoisett Historical Society

February 27, 2017

By Georgia Sparling | Sippican Week, Feb 23, 2017


Liam Waldron draws a map of Mattapoisett. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

MATTAPOISETT — A dozen students got a look into the town’s history and practiced navigation without GPS at the Mattapoisett Historical Society’s Map-A-Palooza on Thursday.

Held during school vacation week, the event started with a search around the Historical Society’s museum. The children got layouts of the building, each with an X marking a different spot where they could find a quarter.

After that students got a packet with old photos of the town, and Alison Van Keuren led a walk through the Village to see changes between the pictures and the current landscape, from houses that once had porches to the much expanded Center School.

Thomas Waldron said he was amazed by “how much the buildings changed. Like Center School, they added so much.”

Back at point A, the students got to make their own maps, something Liam Waldron said was right in his wheelhouse.

“I read atlases for fun,” he said.

The whole event ties into the Historical Society’s summer exhibit on maps.

Once the children finished their maps, real or imaginary, Historical Society President Jennifer McIntire said they can become part of history.

“The idea is they can loan their maps to our exhibit this summer,” she said.

Alison Van Keuren leads a walk around Mattapoisett Village. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

Kids discuss their maps. (Photo by: Georgia Sparling)

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