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Getting their bearings at the Dawes House

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In this age of electronics, the Evanston History Center offered lessons Saturday in getting around the old-fashioned way…using a map and a compass.

Partnering with the L.L. Bean store at Old Orchard, groups of eight youngsters and adults participated in a series of hour-long clinics, held outside at the Dawes House

Instructor Rich Svehla uses a globe as he explains the rudiments of using a compass.

Instructor Rich Svehla met his students on the front lawn of the historic south Evanston mansion and walked them through the rudiments of reading a topographic map, learning what the different colors on the map represent, and estimating their time when hiking between two points out in the wild, with no manmade signs for guidance.

Each student received a base plate compass with the necessary markings to help them get their bearings.

The compass skills workshops will be repeated two more Saturdays this summer—on August 3 and September 7—with classes at 1, 2, and 3 p.m.

There is a fee of $10 for adults and $5 for kids under 12, which includes a tour of the Dawes House and EHC exhibits.

You can sign up for the classes on the EHC website.

Top: Ryan Schraiber, a 2nd grader at Kingsley, takes his instruction seriously.
 

 

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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