Children take a trip to the past at the library |

Children take a trip to the past at the library

by Leslie Pearson

Mormon Station volunteer Linda Butterbredt took several children on a trip out of the Douglas County Public Library and into a different time Wednesday afternoon.

Dressed in pioneer clothing and surrounded by examples of life from the 1850s, Butterbredt asked the children to imagine themselves in April of 1852 on a farm in Missouri.

She explained a day in the life of young children being awakened in the morning to the sound of their parents’ voices and the discussion of moving West in search for gold.

Butterbredt took the children through all the preparation for a trip California – only to cut the trip short when they arrived in Carson Valley.

Children in the audience learned about life in early-days’ Carson Valley, especially Genoa.

They also learned about a child who traveled to the West and left something of hers for other people living in this area to see: her doll.

Patty Reed was only a little girl when traveling to California a from the East with the Donner Party. Butterbredt told the kids that the only toy Reed managed to save was a doll that she hid in her pocket when most of her family’s possesions were discarded to lighten the wagonload.

After the long journey, the children were given lemonade made the same way the pioneers made it, along with some candy. Children were able to see examples of toys and instruments children played with in the 1850s, such as sling shots and wooden yo-yo’s.

Next week at the Douglas County Public Library families can learn about the Pony Express and the role it played in Carson Valley on July 26, at 4 p.m.