EVART — It appeared that interest in taking part in a special research project took on a life of its own recently when students from Evart High School visited the Evart Library/Museum, and learned what the “Old Home Project” was all about.

Rhoda Proper of the Evart Historical Society explained the “game plan,” giving the students an overview of what the group’s hopes are, and how the students could use resources at the museum for some of it. The project will include researching materials found in plat books, tax records, maps, census records, picture files, and other materials.

In addition, the students will learn to look additional material up on microfilm and/or microfiche, and study abstracts to see what additional information they can gain.

Students will work as teams with an adult helping to coordinate their efforts, and when possible will actually do interviews of current homeowners and/or family members to gain additional information and photographs.

Photos would include those from the past as well as the present, and family photos when possible. The students will have an opportunity to learn more about books and internet research materials that could help in their own research project.

Other records available for research purposes include tax records, CD’s from glass negatives of old home photos.

The teams will set up project work times with their particular adult “guide” in the project, and it is hoped that once they complete their first project, they will be inspired to take on another home for research.

The Historical Society group is accepting additional ideas for the old home research project, and may be contacted at the Evart Library/Museum.