Event Planning


Over the years, we have found that the students seem to enjoy "stepping back in time".........One way we help this to happen, is to encourage the students to dress in the 1850s pioneer time period.

The young men may wear vests, hats and boots, etc. The young ladies can put together long dresses or skirts, aprons and bonnets. Another element to add to the celebration and fun of the day is to encourage the adults and teachers to also dress in costume!

Lassen County History includes many proud local Native American people. These indigenous people come from the Maidu, Paiute and Pit River tribes. Please encourage your students to include these local Native American cultures on Isaac Roop Day.

Name tags are required for bartering. Please print this ready made sheet of badges, preferably on paper using your school's colors.

Bonnets

An idea for a simple Bonnet !
  • Materials: 14" x 20" oval quilted place mat;
  • 1 1/2 yds. 3/8 " contrasting ribbon.

  1. Lay place mat flat, fold over 1 long side evenly across to measure 4" at center. Pin in place.
  2. Stitch from end to end 1/2 " from folded edge to form casing.
  3. Run ribbon through casing.
  4. Gather up to fit head, tie in a bow.

Poke Sacks

We encourage students use poke sacks. They learn that the early pioneers carried their valuables in them.

Here you'll find some suggestions of how to make one. It has been our experience that a larger size is better!
 

Bartering

Bartering is another word for trading.

On Isaac Roop Day the students have the opportunity to barter with Isaac Roop and his friends. From observing this bartering activity, it is hard to tell who is enjoying it more--the students or the adults!

The students must wear their name tags to be able to barter.

The students need to make trade items in their classroom.

One item to barter or trade for a cup of sarsaparilla is a must, if they want to get something to drink.

This year we are making the bartering wide open so have your students make and bring as much as they would like to trade... However, it seems a shame for the students to spend all their time waiting in long lines to barter when they could be enjoying talking and listening to all the folks who have gathered to share their pioneer knowledge and crafts with them, so please encourage students to limit their time there.

An important note is that the other "presenter stations" will not barter with the students. They are even offended if asked if they would consider bartering. These folks are here to talk to students, not trade with them! Likewise, they would prefer if items from their presentations, for example the "button game" that was a gift from the pioneer lady at the Monticola Club House, not be used for trade.

What ever they make, remember that they have to carry it all morning along with their water, coats and lunch.

Over the years we have seen:
Hand sewn quilt blocks
Hand made clay beads in necklace form
Hand made rolled paper beads in necklace form
Pipe cleaner art shapes
Pine needle bunches tied into whisk brooms
Toothpick art
Feather and bead art
Plastic fruit baskets woven with strips of cloth
Button art
Rocks sprayed with gold paint (This can be used only if your students are not too creative!)
Plus many other items.
Use your imagination--surprise us!

This barterning activity has been a real "bear" to make fair and fun for all. Please help it continue to be everything that we want it to be!

Thanks!

Maps

Things to look for:
  • Roop's Fort
  • Mail letters/postcards
  • Wool Spinner
  • BLuegrass Music
  • Sarsaparilla Booth
  • Pioneer School Teacher
  • Cowboys
  • Isaac Roop Birthday Cupcakes
  • Diamond Jim and his mule
  • Arts & Crafts/Games
  • Shaving
  • Trail Map
  • Lassen Historical Museum
  • Trading with other pioneers like you!
  

Schedule

Cemetery
Courthouse
Monticola Club
Church
Hotel Mt. Lassen
LMUD
Campfire Cabin
08:50- 09:10
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2
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7
09:15-09:35
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6
09:40-10:00
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7
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4
5
10:05-10:25
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7
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2
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4
10:30-10:50
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7
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2
3
10:55- 11:15
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7
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2
11:20-11:40
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7
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Group 1
Bertotti (SH), Miller (SH), Shears (JO) = 49 students
Group 2
Bricker (JA), Ovitz (JA), Couso (SP) = 49 students
Group 3
Brussatoi (LV), Cluck (RI), Saltzman (BV) = 45 students
Group 4
Carr (MK), Dunklau (MK), Hersrud (MK) = 42 students
Group 5
Hartrum (MK), Spencer (FW) = 43 students
Group 6
Jackson (MK), Peterson (MK), Hislop (JR) = 42 students
Group 7
Transue (MK), Hudson (MK), Ellis (LCA) = 44 students
 
11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. = Finish up Uptown Stations

Walk to the Museum lawn area.  While there, talk with Peter Lassen, visit the Museum, mail postcards, view the wagons which will be on display.

12:00 - 12:30 p.m. = Eat lunch

12:30 - 2:30 p.m. = Visit stations in Memorial Park.

Meeting Information

Date To Be Announced

Notes for Teachers from Past Years

1. Please know that your students need to be on their best behavior. 'Make sure that your Parents know the rules and help keep the students from running unattended while enjoying the day visiting Uptown Susanville and the Memorial Park. Clean up is a must; leave no paper (lunch bags or sandwich bags or cups). The will be a "Lost & Found" canopy near the bartering area, if needed. There will be an ambulance on stand by as they are available.

2. Please also remember to have your students write "Thank You Notes" to all the Presenters. This whole day is done with volunteers with practically no cost to anyone! We need to thank all those involved so they will want to join us again next year.

Our celebration of Isaac Roop Day can be used to help meet the California Standards for History/Social Science for the Third Grade Level. 'Check out website:

3. It looks like "Bartering" will be wide open this year….so make & bring as much as you would like! The students will need a trade item for the cup of Sarsaparilla! Please make sure your students know that they may not come home with that special item that they made, but on the other hand they may come home with a real treasure!

4. It is hoped that the students will not spend all of their time in line waiting to barter. The many Presenters are waiting to share their knowledge with the students. Please check out the map of the Park and make sure your students get to each Presenter. The Presenters do not barter! Keep your student bartering to the bartering tables, bales of hay, and the sarsaparilla garden.

5. Remind students that playing on the playground equipment is not appropriate for the day.