Educational Programs For Schools

The Mission of the Chester-Shade Historical Association is to oversee perpetual care of the Chester Courthouse and the Chester Academy; to house artifacts and historical displays and to keep the history of the county government and the spirit of our ancestors alive for future generations, through heritage and cultural education, to develop community pride and attract tourists. This will boost the local tourism industry.
CSHA has made education a priority, offering history and culture programs to the three Meigs County School Districts that can’t be afforded by the schools.

Annual education programs:

  • May Day & children’s tea party. Children learn table manners, how to act when they go to a party. They dance around the May Pole and make a craft that they can take home.
  • Genealogy Fair- great for beginners and experienced researchers. Learn skills of researching families. Who was your family, where did they come from and what did they do. There is a great research library in the Academy. For more information go to genealogy on this web site.

Yesteryear is a co-op program between the Chester Shade Historical Association and the Retired Senior
Volunteers held each spring. CSHA pays for the materials and transportation for fifth graders in the county and RSVP organizes the program. Yesteryear is a hands on project that teaches the students skills of the past such as quilting, leather tooling, candle making & and other skills. Chester Shade Days is based on the past.

This year:

  • A humanity scholar Debra Conner was graciously received by four Eastern literature classes. Mrs. Heather Wolf’s classes were studying the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Mrs. Conner’s portrayal of Emily certainly brought to life the legendary eccentric poet.

In May, an art journaling workshop will be held for Chad Griffith’s six English classes. The emphasis will be on honing powers of observation through a combination of writing and visual art activities by Debra Conner.

In past years CSHA has had a variety of other educational programs such as:

  • Kellogg leadership program
  • Civil War costume workshops
  • Dance Workshops
  • Herb seminars
  • 1800’s Ladies teas & manners workshop
  • Civil War reenactment
  • Chinese Checkers Workshop
  • Marble workshops
  • Dulcimer & Harmonica workshops
  • On-going Chess Class, taught by Jared Spencer

Education programs are funded by donations. If you are interested in helping CSHA to enhance students education, become a sponsor of these important programs, specify that your donation is for educational programs. Send to: CSHA, Pat Holter, Treasurer, 34425 Dairy Lane, Pomeroy, Oh 45769