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East Lyme Middle School students learn 17th century skills

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Fifth grade students from East Lyme Middle School churn butter as they learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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Dan Poulin, left, and Bob Nucci, of the colonial era reenactment group Quoketaug Rangers, explain colonial era firearms to fifth grade students from East Lyme Middle School as they learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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Richard Arms, of Old Mystic, explains aspects of colonial era warfare as he holds his replica 1762 "Brown Bess" musket for fifth grade students from East Lyme Middle School as they learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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Rich Trudel, left, and Dan Ponder, seated, of colonial era reenactment group Quoketaug Rangers, watch as East Lyme Middle School fifth grader Sophie Taylor, 10, hurls an ax at a target as she and classmates learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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Richard Arms, of Old Mystic, demonstrates firing his replica 1762 "Brown Bess" musket for fifth grade students from East Lyme Middle School as they learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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East Lyme Historical Society members Merton Ferguson, hands in foreground, demonstrates knot-tying to fifth grade students from East Lyme Middle School as they learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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Nancy Kalal of Cranberry Meadow Farm introduces a group of fifth grade students from East Lyme Middle School to oxen "Rock" and "Roll" as they learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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East Lyme Middle School fifth grader Ethan Toback, 11, hurls a tomahawk at a target as he and classmates learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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Fifth grade students from East Lyme Middle School groom "Rock" and "Roll", oxen from Cranberry Meadow Farm as they learn about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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East Lyme Historical Society member Dick MacDonald rings a school bell to call fifth grade students from East Lyme Middle School to their school bus after a day learning about various aspects of colonial life from members of the East Lyme Historical Society and reenactment groups during the 12th annual 5th Grade Hands-on Program at the historical society's Thomas Lee House on West Main St. in Niantic Tuesday, May 7, 2013. Students learned about skills necessary for survival in the 17th century. They churned butter, cared for cattle and oxen, learned about colonial cooking, woodworking, threw axes and watched a colonial firearms demonstration among other activities.

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