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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.


2 young girls wearing a bonnetAn 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!
Poke Sack. Cowboys carried their money, gold, or other valuables in a little sack they called a poke. Pokes could be plain or fancy. Some were made by Native North American women and were decorated with lavish bedwork, embroidery, and fringe. Here's how to make a plain one; go ahead and trim or decorate it if you like. Materials. two six-by-eight inch pieces of fabric, felt or channels. Scissors. Ruler. Straight Plans. Needle and thread or sewing machine. Two twelve-inch long pieces of card or lacing. Small safety pin. Six by eight inches sheet. Turn the top edge under a quarter inch, then again a half inch. This is called teh casing. Cut two rectangles, each six inches by 8 inches. Turn the top edges down a quarter inch. Turn it under another half inch and stitch along the edge. Do the same on the other rectangle. This makes a casing for the card to go through. Pin the two rectangles together, with casing on the outside. Sew the sides together, going down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side. Begin and end the stitching below the casing on both sides. Turn the poke right side out. Fasten the safety pin to one end of a piece of cord, and push the pin through the casing. It will pull the cord along through the casing. When both cords are pulled through the casing, know the ends so they won't ravel. Stitch down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side. Start and stop stitching at the ceiling. Turn the poke right side out. Thread the cords through the casings.


A man dressed in old attire bartering with studentsBartering 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.

A man dressed in old attire bartering with students
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.

A man and a woman bartering with studentsOver 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!



A map of all the History Day locations   


Third Grade Day Event Schedule


8:45 to 8:50                Schools Arrive at Historic Courthouse

8:50 to 8:55                Welcome – Patty Gunderson

  • Rules of the Day
  • Thank you to presenters and organizing groups
  • Introduce Susan Roop

  8:55 to 9:05              Community Welcome Susan Roop – Sandy Jonas

  9:05 to 9:10              Dismiss to stations – Patty Gunderson

  9:10 to 9:15              Walk

  9:15 to 9:30              Session 1

  9:30 to 9:35              Walk         

  9:35 to 9:50              Session 2

  9:50 to 9:55              Walk

  9:55 to 10:10            Session 3

10:10 to 10:15           Walk

10:15 to 10:30           Session 4

10:30 to 10:35           Walk

10:35 to 10:50           Session 5

10:50 to 11:10           Lunch at your session 5 location

11:10 to 11:15          Walk

11:15 to 11:30           Session 6

11:30 to 11:35           Walk

11:35 to 11:50           Session 7

11:50 to 11:55           Walk

11:55 to 12:10           Session 8

12:10 to 12:15           Walk

12:15 to 12:30           Session 9

12:30 to 12:35           Walk

12:35 to 12:50           Session 10

12:50 to 12:55           Walk

12:55 to   1:10           Session 11

  1:10 to   1:15            Walk

  1:15 to   1:30            Session 12

  1:35                          Dismissal for the day on Courthouse lawn


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