Grace and Gabriel during the living history tour. (Source: Family)
Grace and Gabriel dressed up for the living history tour. (Source: Family)
WESTLAKE, OH (WOIO) -
Twins Grace and Gabrielle Hansen love sharing their city's history, by volunteering with the Westlake Historical Society.
"It's something that makes me feel good about helping people and it makes me learn things too," said Grace Hansen.
"I like how there's a great community of people who like history as I do," said twin sister Gabrielle.
The sixth graders took part in the living history tour of Evergreen Cemetery, and helped at the recent dedication of the Historical Marker for hometown hero, Astronaut Robert Overmyer. They can also tell you a thing or two about the Clague House Museum, donated to the city in 1926 by brother and sister, Walter and Sophronia Clague, along with 65 acres of land that's now a Westlake city park.
"I like learning about things that other people may not know and then telling them about it and watching their reaction," said Grace Hansen.
Helping to preserve and honor Westlake history is a family affair. The twins, along with older sisters Morgan and Meredith, were all named Student of the Year by the Historical Society.
"It's neat to just have your kids understand where they come from and for me personally, it's very important that they do learn that," said Eric Hansen, the girls' father. "It gets them all excited about the community that they live in."
Grace and Gabrielle's favorite subject at school? You would think it's history.
"Last year, I really liked science," said Grace.
"I really like math," said Gabrielle.
Of course, they also love learning about the past. But would they like to live like the original owners of the Clague House?
"I could probably take about a month living like this," said Gabrielle. "I would be glad when it's all over, then I could use actual bathrooms!"
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