From the Manchester College Archives

News Release


  May 1-2, 2007

Fourth-graders get taste

of Indiana Heritage

at Koinonia Environmental Center

       Classes of fourth-graders from five area counties will experience (and taste) their state’s history May 1-2, when Indiana Heritage Days returns to Koinonia Environmental and Retreat Center. The annual Manchester College program features historian Bill Sanders of Fort Wayne, who teaches about Abraham Lincoln’s values and integrity.

       Children will learn and play at the same time by participating in games and singing. They’ll “travel” the Underground Railroad with Barb Marrow, chat with Lewis and Clark guide Sacajawea, witness a Revolutionary War re-enactment, and learn cool stuff with the Gem & Mineral Society. While this program is intended for school children, the public is invited.

        “It’s a very good educational experience,” said Koinonia Director Rainn L. MacPhail, biology instructor at the College. “It’s one of the few programs that meets Indiana Department of Education standards and has gotten rave reviews from teachers.”

       Koinonia Environmental and Retreat Center, south of  Pierceton, is 100 acres of nature with acres of paths, restored prairie, 5-acre lake, environmental laboratories, activity center, lodging and a kitchen.

       Indiana Heritage Days is made possible through generous donations from the Kosciusko County Community Foundation, Community Foundation of Wabash and Biomet Inc.

       For more about Koinonia, visit  To schedule programs for classes, groups or home-schoolers, contact 260-982-5010 or

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