Beginning in 2007, we'd like to start a PastPort—a small booklet of some kind that kids could use that would inform them of areas to explore and visit. As they visited each site listed in the PastPort, they would get to stamp their booklet in the space created for such. For example, upon visiting the Native American site, they would stamp their PastPorts with the Native American stamp, along with the date. When they came again, they could stamp it again with a different date.

This would be a good tool for kids to want to come again to see the things they didn't get to stamp on the first visit, and also alert parents to the fact that there is SO MUCH to do here.

We could also include our festival activities to market them.

Items to Include in PastPort

Design Elements


NOTES FROM Jenette Purdy, Education Coordinator:

Pastport Through Time
(Heritage Center Kid’s Logo)

Have you ever wanted to travel back in time? Now’s your chance! Take your “Past”port through our site to discover what life was like in another time!

Welcome to Cache Valley, 1820-1920.

1917 Farm

1917 was a big year for people in America. The United States had just entered a war—WWI. But, people still had to farm. If you lived on a farm in 1917 in Cache Valley, you would have lived like this. Your mom would have cooked on a wood burning stove. Your dad probably would have used horse drawn equipment. And you had lots of chores! You would have helped milk the cow, feed the animals, weed the garden, do laundry, and even make butter.

(Picture of mom at stove, dad in field, and kid milking the cow)

  • Find the farm’s horses, cow, or pigs.
    • Where do they live?
  • Find the stove in the farmhouse.
    • What makes it hot? (Warning: Stove is very hot! Do not touch this item!)
  • Find the place where the laundry is done.
    • How did they do laundry in 1917?
  • Find (something in farm shop)
    • Bonus Question: Did they have electricity in the farmhouse in 1917? How do you know?


Pioneers first called Cache Valley home in the early 1860s. Many pioneers had been traveling long distances, across the country from the east coast. They came by covered wagon and even handcart, so they were happy to be in one place. Pioneer houses looked different than ours, and you will see a dugout and a cabin. Imagine your whole family living in there! Pioneers didn’t have electricity, running water, or machines to help them do their work, so they had to do everything by hand. And they had to grow all of their food because they couldn’t just run to the store to get it!

(Someone pulling a handcart. Picture of a family in the dugout.)

  • Find a pioneer mattress.
    • What is it made out of? (Hint: Touch it to see what you think)
  • Find the kitchen.
    • How do the pioneers cook their food and heat their water? (Warning: Stay on the outside of the log benches surrounding the fire!)
  • Find the lights in the cabin.
    • What are their lights? How do you think they make them?
  • Find a place where the pioneers grew their food.
    • Can you name any of the plants that you see?
  • Bonus Question:

Fur Trade Area

Mountain Men lived in Cache Valley in the 1820s. They weren’t here to live. They were here to trap beaver. The beaver pelts were used to make stylish beaver felt hats for people in the East and in Europe. The Mountain Men sometimes gathered at a rendezvous. They would sell beaver pelts and get supplies. They also had a good time getting together with friends and other mountain men! Cache Valley was named after the mountain man’s “cache.” A cache was a place they would hide beaver pelts. They would come back and dig them up when they wanted to sell them.

(Picture beaver, trap, and stream. A rendezvous (?). Camp tent)

  • Find a trap the mountain men used.
    • Where would the mountain men set their traps?
  • Find an animal that has been trapped.
    • What does it feel like? What type of animal is it?
  • Find a black powder rifle.
    • What….?
  • Find
    • Bonus Question:

Native American Site

The Shoshone Indians lived in Cache Valley before anyone else. It was called Willow Valley back then because of all of the willow trees. The Shoshone called themselves Newe, or “The People.” The Shoshone were a hunter-gather society. This meant that they didn’t stay in one place all year. They would travel from place to place, hunting animals and gathering seeds, berries, and bulbs. They traveled with small extended family groups. They thought of the earth as their mother because the earth provided them with food and things to make their homes.

(Picture of Shoshone grinding berries, meat. A tipi or buffalo)

  • Find the place where the Shoshone’s live.
    • What is this place called?
  • Find an item that was used to prepare food.
    • What types of food did the Shoshone eat?
  • Find some weapons that the Shoshones used.
    • What …?
  • Find
    • Bonus Question:

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