Camp Logan Days recognized for talents

Above right, the Rev. Joab Powell (The Rev. Randy Winesburg) rode Skeeter into Camp Logan to minister to the camp's tenants. He was greeted by Mrs. Sarah Pike (Dianne Lesniak) and Capt. Dudley Seward (Andrew Demko), commanding officer of the 8th Calvary at Camp Logan. File photo

PORTLAND - Dressed in authentic, civil-war era garb, the Camp Logan Living History Days team from Prairie City School District picked up one of two statewide $500 Salute to Success Grants from Mentor Graphics Corporation during the Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA) Annual Convention on Nov. 13 in Portland.

"We were excited to present this award for an outstanding effort that apparently reverberates throughout your entire community," says Shannon Priem, OSBA communications specialist who coordinates OSBA Salute To Success Program. "They also gave our convention a special touch with their costumes and exhibit."

The award was present during OSBA's Salute to Success Luncheon, attended by about 400 school board members and superintendents from throughout Oregon. Accepting the award was Dianne Lesniak, fifth-grade teacher; Andy Demko, junior high and high school teacher; Christina Butler, Camp Logan History Days Club President; and Mark Lesniak, club member and track coach.

OSBA posted-a full description-about the project on its Web site:

The following description of the project was included in a special commemorative booklet distributed at the luncheon:

The Prairie City School District made history - and learning - come alive in this small district of about 200 students and 1,000 residents. -Each May the district, east of John Day off Hwy. 26 in Grant County, takes the community back to the year 1867 during Camp Logan Living History Days. Activities include guided tours that feature the history of Bannock War and Native Americans, how the sick and wounded were tended, tasting authentic civil war recipes cooked in Dutch ovens, watching a blacksmith at work and witnessing "Captain Marcus Reno's Troop Inspection."

This civil war-era military camp established in 1865 was unearthed near the town of Prairie City about three years ago. Students and teachers studied civil war history and began fund-raising to buy tents, uniforms, supplies and other civil-war era replicas to "re-enact" the year 1867. They held book fairs, T-shirt sales, dinners, raffles and other events. They received grants from the Chamber of Commerce, the Shelk Foundation, D.R. Johnson Lumber and the local Prairie City Community Association. Local businesses participated through the purchase of advertising space on the event brochure.

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