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Miss Jackie Nelson giving a lesson in the schoolhouse during the Pioneer Village activities, held every Wednesday in Nisswa from 1-5 p.m. Photo by Sarah Rudlang

Nisswa Pioneer Village offers Wednesday activities

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Wednesdays always bring about a natural bustle in Nisswa with turtle races, Water Wars and shopping.

Now, the Nisswa Area Historical Society is part of the fun, offering activities for children and families from 1-5 p.m. Wednesdays at the Pioneer Village.

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Families are welcome to explore the Pioneer Village, which is home to relocated structures preserving life in the 1800s and early 1900s in Nisswa.There are vintage buildings, many constructed of log. The buildings include a bank, schoolhouse, homestead and livery. Across the street is Nisswa's original railroad depot, containing a caboose that was constructed in Minnesota.

Beyond the exploration, children can do coloring sheet activities with Bonnie Mork, scavenger hunts with prizes and lessons in the schoolhouse with "Miss" (school teachers of that age were not allowed to be married) Jackie Nelson.

Nelson is a retired history teacher and just spent five years teaching English in the Middle East.

The lessons provided at the schoolhouse are taught using the same lessons and tools used for teaching in that time period. Kids are able to participate and see firsthand some of the differences between the classrooms from then to now.

Activities are free, but donations are appreciated.

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