Local woman teaches history through family artifacts | TheUnion.com

Local woman teaches history through family artifacts

Carolyn Jones-Rogers carries history on the backseat of her sedan and presents it to students in local schools.

It’s an old beige-colored trunk belonging to Harry Body, her great-grandfather, who came from Cornwall to Grass Valley in 1885. Body was 18-years-old when he arrived in Nevada County, Jones-Rogers said. He was a master mechanic by profession, she added.

Jones-Rogers, a Nevada County resident since 1987, got the trunk from her paternal grandmother’s sister (Body’s daughter), after the latter’s death.

“I visited my grand-aunt a lot but she never told me about the trunk,” Jones-Rogers said. “She probably had it in her attic.”

Jones-Rogers, who teaches third grade at Sierra Hills School in Meadow Vista, has created a presentation on local history for third and fourth graders in Nevada County, using the trunk and some artifacts as remnants of the past.

The presentation matches the state mandated standards of teaching local history to third graders and California history to fourth graders, Jones-Rogers said.

For the full story, read Tuesday’s edition of The Union.

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