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.