Once again, the Spring Valley Historical Society will be hosting Old Time School Days Tuesday, July 9, and Wednesday, July 10, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. each day.

"Last year we did only one day to try it out and see what the response would be and received a great number of students wanting to come, so decided to go ahead and do two days," commented historical society director Julie Mlinar.

Students will be able to come one or both days depending on their schedules, as each day will be different. Included in the program this year will be squeezing lemonade, bread and butter making, class room time, old time games, crafts, and living life in the late 1800s for a few hours. Students are encouraged to come in costume if they want, but this is not required.

The teachers for both days will again this year be Amy Welch and Shelby Larson. "They both did an outstanding job last year and have been excited and preparing for weeks now," said Mlinar. "They have as much fun as the students do."

This is also an opportunity for the museum to open parts of the buildings to the students to use, tour and enjoy. The old school room area is used for the classroom activities, the Washburn Zittleman House used to tour the kitchen to see how bread, butter and candles were made, and the lawn and shady areas used for the games and snack time.

The space is limited in the schoolhouse, so make reservations as soon as possible. The program is open to students who will be entering first grade in the fall through those entering sixth grade, and will cost $5 per day per student. All activities will be held at 220 West Courtland Street in Spring Valley.

For questions and to reserve a spot, call the museum at (507) 346-7659 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.