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Mary Norville offers seventh and eighth graders walking tour of historic Oregon City

COURTESY PHOTO - Alliance Charter Academy middle schoolers and their families gather with ACA teachers at the McLoughlin House for the tour.Alliance Charter Academy middle schoolers got out from behind their compCOURTESY PHOTO - Seventh-grader Howie Galambos asks Professor Judith Kenny about upkeep of the McLoughlin and Barclay houses and who is responsible for their care. uter screens on April 29 to hit the pavement for a walking tour of historic Oregon City.

ACA Language Arts teacher Mary Norville wanted to offer seventh and eighth graders in her "Thinking, Arguing and Writing" class a chance to see their neighborhood in a new, yet historic light.

"Even with masks and safe distancing, the joy and enthusiasm for learning about the historic structures and landscape was palpable," Norville said.

Students toured outside in the public park, since the inside of the McLoughlin House has be closed to the public since the beginning of 2020 for a "much-needed" major rehabilitation, according to the National Park Service.

NCOURTESY PHOTO - Alliance Charter Academy teacher Mary Norville said the historic tour provided a wonderful outing for her students who are weary of a year of pandemic screen time.orville's students came with maps, notecards, and drawing pencils for their research. They plan on submitting their final work to Oregon City's 2021 Preserve Our Past Art and Poetry Contest.

The tour was led by Judith Kenny and Thomas Hubka, Norville's sister and brother-in-law. Kenny and Hubka are both retired University of Wisconsin professors with specialties in urban geography and architecture.

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