Summer reading program highlights historic heroes


Helen Dronsfield smiles after granddaughter Camryn Stump guesses the wrong hand while playing a game called “Up Jordan.”

Helen Dronsfield smiles after granddaughter Camryn Stump guesses the wrong hand while playing a game called “Up Jordan.”


Janet Lowry holds the horn as Carson Boyd tries to get it to make a sound before passing it along to the other children.


Pat Murner smiles as she waits for Alaina Reynolds to guess which hand she’s holding penny with.


Ellen Ford helps Taylor Standen fold her sheet of paper to make an apple seed envelope.


Ellen Ford plays “Dennis Cannon” on the tin whistle for the children.


Camryn Stump makes the board bounce as her brother Jonah holds the Johnny Appleseed puppet.


Ellen Ford plays her guitar as she tells the children stories about Mary Ann Ball, what she accomplished, and her role in the underground railroad.


Ellen Ford sings a song about Annie Oakley as Alaina Reynolds, Mallory Reynolds, and Blake Murner twirl lassos.


Photos by Kelsey Leyva | Wellington Enterprise

A “trip back in time” helped kids learn Thursday about heroes from the past. At the Herrick Memorial Library, Ellen Ford wore a traditional 1850s dress as she sang, played the guitar, and told the kids stories about Annie Oakley, Mary Ann Ball, Johnny “Appleseed” Chapman, and Mike Fink. She showed how to twirl a lasso like Oakley and how to make an envelope similar to the one Chapman used to deliver apple seeds. At the end of the program, Ford let the kids play with the lassos, a horn, and wooden puppets she used in her presentation.

Helen Dronsfield smiles after granddaughter Camryn Stump guesses the wrong hand while playing a game called “Up Jordan.”
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/07/web1_HistoricHeroes3.jpgHelen Dronsfield smiles after granddaughter Camryn Stump guesses the wrong hand while playing a game called “Up Jordan.”

Janet Lowry holds the horn as Carson Boyd tries to get it to make a sound before passing it along to the other children.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/07/web1_HistoricHeroes8.jpgJanet Lowry holds the horn as Carson Boyd tries to get it to make a sound before passing it along to the other children.

Pat Murner smiles as she waits for Alaina Reynolds to guess which hand she’s holding penny with.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/07/web1_HistoricHeroes4.jpgPat Murner smiles as she waits for Alaina Reynolds to guess which hand she’s holding penny with.

Ellen Ford helps Taylor Standen fold her sheet of paper to make an apple seed envelope.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/07/web1_HistoricHeroes6.jpgEllen Ford helps Taylor Standen fold her sheet of paper to make an apple seed envelope.

Ellen Ford plays “Dennis Cannon” on the tin whistle for the children.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/07/web1_HistoricHeroes5.jpgEllen Ford plays “Dennis Cannon” on the tin whistle for the children.

Camryn Stump makes the board bounce as her brother Jonah holds the Johnny Appleseed puppet.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/07/web1_HistoricHeroes7.jpgCamryn Stump makes the board bounce as her brother Jonah holds the Johnny Appleseed puppet.

Ellen Ford plays her guitar as she tells the children stories about Mary Ann Ball, what she accomplished, and her role in the underground railroad.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/07/web1_HistoricHeroes2.jpgEllen Ford plays her guitar as she tells the children stories about Mary Ann Ball, what she accomplished, and her role in the underground railroad.

Ellen Ford sings a song about Annie Oakley as Alaina Reynolds, Mallory Reynolds, and Blake Murner twirl lassos.
http://aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/25/2015/07/web1_HistoricHeroes1.jpgEllen Ford sings a song about Annie Oakley as Alaina Reynolds, Mallory Reynolds, and Blake Murner twirl lassos.

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