Students dig for history

It was a week of old-fashioned games, sewing, corn husking and even a math lesson, disguised as a fun activity.

But, by far, the most popular activity at Shelton Historical Society’s Adventures in History program was an “archeological” dig that allowed the kids to get down and dirty and find some cool, old stuff. Kids were digging, and brushing of tiny pieces of pottery, Civil War buttons and other artifacts in the history center’s garden turned dig site.

Located at the 70 Ripton Road history center complex, the week-long camp ran last week for ages 7 to 12. Children played and learned among the center’s historical treasures, including the Brownson House, Trap Fall School and Wilson Barn.

The program is led by Ellen Kolesk, the society’s librarian, center director Tracey Tate and Debbie Oppel.

Children spent the week learning about each structure, playing old-fashioned games and, by Friday, they became the docents — giving their families a tour of the center.

To learn more about the Shelton History Center and upcoming programs visit