Who says history is boring? Not when Darrell Draper comes a visiting...portraying Peter Sarpy, our county's namesake. For 18 years he's been teaching and entertaining 4th graders from St. Matthews and St. Mary's about the beginning of our country through its westward expansion. Through his hour-long reenactment, students and parents were spellbound as various students portrayed Omaha and Bellevue residents like Francis Burt, Big Elk, John Cummings, and notable national leaders Thomas Jefferson and James Monroe -who purchased the Louisiana Territory for $15,000,000 and expanded our nation's borders. This was a hands-on history lesson with pioneers, Native Americans and Mormon "Saints" traveling through Omaha on their journey to their Promised Land paying $5 for Mr. Sarpy's ferry ride across the Missouri River into a "big and beautiful land". The students and parents thank the Nebraska Humanities Council for the opportunity to enjoy Darrell Draper this year and in the coming years.
School News 2012-2013
An Entertaining Lesson