The Historical Log House Village (HLHV) will impact the following areas for youth development:
- Education: Horticulture, African American History, and Pioneer Life
- Wealth Building
- Healthy Living
HLHV will conclude with a Youth Vendor’s Market Festival.
HLHV will be offered to Community Youth, the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, Youth Organizations, and Local Daycare Centers. Youth will also particpate in annual events such as the "Halloween at the Log House" and "Easter Egg Hunt".
HLHV instructors will creatively provide a fun curriculum for school age children and teens to learn about savings, budgeting, assets, liabilities, wealth vs riches, self-sufficiency, and entrepreneurship. This will be done through games, interactive skits, and projects related to selling products that youth created during the field trip such as quilts, candles, apple sauce, and salsa made by using vegetables from the HLHV garden, and butter to name a few. These products will be sold at the Youth Vendor’s Market Festival which be held at the log house site.
Youth will also learn about self-sufficiency and entrepreneurship. Whatever they grow or create will be sold at Youth Vendor’s Market. Youth will learn about history via song, dance, and interactive skits. For example, there will be characters dressed in costume portraying Martin Luther King Jr., Frederick Douglas, Harriett Tubman, and Rosa Parks to name few. The characters will interact with youth creatively educating youth about African American History.
Pioneer Life will be introduced. Youth will experience life through the eyes of a pioneer child.
History of the Zeverina Log House: Check It Out! ~Fasinating
In 1908, the Log house was built by Anton Zverina as a playhouse for his five children; the property also became a familiar meeting place for neighborhood organizations. The log house was built in an apple orchard that also had pear, plum, and cherry trees, as well as pumpkins. Per the interior, Mr. Zverina built a fireplace at one end and provided space for smoking meat. The log house became a lively place of community engagement with picnics and family gatherings for many years.
The Zverina family donated the property to the Cleveland Board of Education in 1963. The herb gardens on the grounds of the log house and ornamental plantings were added at this time and achieved widespread recognition. From 1969-1966, a total of 21,181 children participated in voluntary home and school garden tract summer projects.
The proposed HLHV will have these former elements from 1963, and more projects related to history, healthy living, and wealth building. Educating communities about wealth building should cover a diversity of populations including youth. Currently wealth building is not taught in schools, and per our research it is also not taught in colleges. The Historical Log House Village program will bring this knowledge to the community, but with fun and interactive projects via adventurous field trips.
We thank you in advance for helping our community youth.