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SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION
STATE OF MICHIGAN
PIONEER DAY, OCTOBER 12, 1906.
1805 - 1906
“Fair elbow-room for men to thrive in!
Wide elbow-room for work or play! If cities follow, tracing our footsteps,
Ever to westward shall point our way! Rude though our life, it suits our spirit,
And new-born States in future years Shall own us founders of a nation,
And bless the hardy pioneers.”
DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.
Lansing, Michigan, August 3, 1906. To Teachers and Patrons:
At the last meetiug of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society the Department was called upon to offer to those in attendance some ideas in regard to the cooperation of the public schools with the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society, and in accordance with suggestions made at that time I present this pamphlet to the teachers, patrons, and school children of Michigan.
I take pleasure in suggesting that Friday, October 12, be set apart and fittingly observed as Pioneer Day, and I would recommend, as did my predecessor in office, that the second Friday in October of each year be recognized in the same manner. I know that the pamphlet presented by Mr. Fall to the teachers on this subject met with their approbation, and I believe that it has produced a new interest in the history of Michigan among the children of our State. It will be necessary for superintendents and teachers to cooperate in this work. I believe that the results will be of the highest educational value, for if we can instill into the minds of the rising generation ideas of respect and veneration for age and experience, we shall have taught it one very important lesson.
I recommend that the teachers request the children to prepare invitations and send them out into every home in the district, and that special invitations be given to the grandfathers and grandmothers. The program presented herewith need not be followed literally. It may be made the basis, however, of a very interesting meeting, and while the children will take part in recitations and appropriate selections, they should be required, also, to prepare papers or essays upon topics that will require study and research. These may be published in the local newspapers and preserved for future reference. Copies of them will be very thankfully received by the secretary of the Michigan Pioneer and Historical Society at Lansing. I recommend, also, that the papers bearing upon the history of the district, township, and county be preserved in some permanent form and become a part of the school district library.
I am aware that the teacher's life is a very busy one, but I feel sure that an entertainment of this kind in which some of the older persons take part will create a new interest in the public schools and really make the work of the teacher easier. My best wishes are with you for a pleasant and profitable day.
Very cordially yours,
P Patrickt feeley
Superintendent of Public Instruction.