November 07, 2007 Edition

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Alice Walter instructs Zack Harper (left), as well as several other students at Hoxie High School, on how to rug hook during a presentation at the school's Rails and Roots celebration held last Friday.

Rails and Roots is success

Heather Bryant looks on as Martha Durham demonstrates the technique of hand quilting. Durham was one of several guests who presented programs on Hoxie's past and life during the town's early years.
Rails and Roots, a celebration of the rich heritage of Hoxie, was held last Friday and Saturday at the school and was, according to administrators, faculty and students, a huge success.

Students in sixth through 12th grades spent several weeks researching and recreating, through artwork, photographs, newspaper articles and living histories, the history of Hoxie.

Events included showings of recorded oral histories of Hoxie, as well as multiple showings of the documentary, "Hoxie: The First Stand," an art exhibition of drawings and paintings of historical buildings both past and present, a timeline of events from the founding of Hoxie until the present, a Military Hall of Honor paying tribute to those with Hoxie roots who have served in the armed forces, a museum of Hoxie artifacts, a display of photographs of old Hoxie and a model of the Missouri Pacific depot and roundhouse.

Rug hooking and quilting demonstrations were held along with old-fashioned games and events including a cake walk.

Other displays were Downing's Ice Cream Parlor, the Pink Castle and the railroad Roundhouse.

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