Adventure art class living two nights like the pioneers

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Updated: Wed, 22 Jan 2014 12:05:19 CST

Talk about your living history... A group of Hastings College students are spending two nights at Stuhr Museum living the way the pioneers did.

We're here to have an adventure.

The first thing that struck me was the word adventure. I'm always up for an adventure.

So, what we did was we asked if we could live here for a while and try to live the pioneer experience as authentically as we can. And then we're eventually walk home pushing a Mormon handcart.

I think it'll be an experience, but then I think we'll appreciate our warm beds a lot more once we get

We'll spend two nights here in the cabin, and I think the cabin was built in 1863 just a few miles north of Grand Island. Then we'll head back and spend one night out by the Platte camping in the cold and applying the knowledge we learned here to survive.

I don't think we appreciate a home cooked meal like they would have.

We'll learn how to cook using Dutch ovens making different breads and jellies and roasts.

So far I've learned a lot about the pioneers and the hardships they would have went through. And also it's made me appreciate what we have in our modern world today.

For me this is a lot of fun, it's kind of a combination of what I do as an artist both this adventure kind of performance work, and combining that with my job as a teacher.
This isn't the first time the "Adventure Art" class has made a hike like this. Last year the group hiked the Oregon Trail to the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney in three days.