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Club learns about local history

West County Middle School’s History Club went on their first field trip of the school year, but they didn’t travel far. They are currently studying local history of Leadwood and the surrounding communities.

The group, led by teachers John Barnett and Pam Clifton and later joined by teacher John Hartley, met up with Jack Poston, a local graduate who is a retired teacher, at the the Historical Society of Leadwood and Surrounding Communities Museum and School Archives. Poston, also a board member of the group, gave the students and staff a private tour of the museum. Students learned about the area schools’ rich history and surrounding communities. They also met with Nedra Queen, a local resident who plays an important role at the historical society. She added details and personal stories as students learned of past graduates and members of the community, former businesses, and more.

After touring the museum, students and staff boarded by bus with driver Amy Clabaugh and took a tour of the area. Teachers Hartley and Barnett played the role of tour guides as they showed students where they grew up, pointed out where former businesses were once located, and more.

West County Middle School's History Club, sponsored by John Barnett and Pam Clifton, meet with Jack Poston and Nedra Queen at the Historical Society of Leadwood. Shown are (from left) Bradey Buhrmester, Ethan Bryan, Mykiah Perkins, Robbie Crocker, Noah Sansoucie, Daniel Mackay, Josh Masters, Makenzie Fitzgerald, Kaylee King, Trinity Ashby, Jack Poston, Nedra Queen, Ava Clifton, Ally Wigger, Bo Briley, and (in front of sign) Kaytlen Hartley and Julia Hartley.

West County Middle School’s History Club, sponsored by John Barnett and Pam Clifton, meet with Jack Poston and Nedra Queen at the Historical Society of Leadwood. Shown are (from left) Bradey Buhrmester, Ethan Bryan, Mykiah Perkins, Robbie Crocker, Noah Sansoucie, Daniel Mackay, Josh Masters, Makenzie Fitzgerald, Kaylee King, Trinity Ashby, Jack Poston, Nedra Queen, Ava Clifton, Ally Wigger, Bo Briley, and (in front of sign) Kaytlen Hartley and Julia Hartley.

History Club students pause from their tour of the town on the concrete steps of the old Roxy Theater, the only reminder left behind of Leadwood's previous indoor theater that was often called the

History Club students pause from their tour of the town on the concrete steps of the old Roxy Theater, the only reminder left behind of Leadwood’s previous indoor theater that was often called the “show yard.” The students are wedged between John Hartley (left) and John Barnett (right). Hartley and Barnett, both local teachers, are West County graduates and grew up together. As teenagers, Hartley and friend Jon Barlow played wiffle ball with Barnett’s older brothers, Rich and Jim, at the show yard. Hartley and Barlow invited 5-year-old Barnett to be on their team of “Johns.” The reason History Club stopped here to take a photo is because it was where Hartley and Barnett first became friends.

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