PELHAM — The hunt is on for Pelham’s past.
Students and their families are participating in the inaugural “Pursuit of Pelham’s Past Scavenger Hunt,” organized by the Veterans of Foreign Wars post.
The event, taking place through May, requires the hunters to visit more than a dozen landmarks, ranging from Pulpit Rock to the Butler Monument and Veterans Memorial Park.
Rita McCabe, president of the ladies auxiliary with the John H. Hargreaves Memorial Post 10722, said the VFW got the idea from neighboring Hudson.
“We figured we could tailor this to our town,” McCabe said.
She and her daughter, Kathryn Blais, a freshman at Pelham High, scouted the locations and crafted questions to help students learn about the community’s history.
It’s not enough to simply find Abbott Bridge.
“What year is in the bottom right corner of the Abbott Bridge historical marker sign?” the scavenger hunt form asks.
“Some of the questions are more about educating kids,” McCabe said. “Others are simple ones.”
Where the VFW is involved, there is an effort to remind students about the contributions of Pelham’s veterans.
“We tried to choose landmarks that are somewhat related to veterans,” McCabe said. Students will visit Elmer G. Raymond Memorial Park, which honors a serviceman killed while training in World War II.
“We think this is a good family outing and a way for kids to learn about the town,” McCabe said.
She estimates hunters will need only a couple of hours to complete their journey through Pelham history.
“It took us longer,” McCabe said of herself and her daughter. “We were trying to come up with questions.”
Social studies teachers in the schools were enthusiastic,o was the library staff.
“This was a really good idea,” Pelham Public Library director Corinne Chronopoulos said. “The VFW was well prepared and this is an awesome scavenger hunt.”
The library promoted the scavenger hunt for last week’s school vacation.
“We’ve given out a ton of forms,” Chronopoulos said.
Contest sheets are available at pelhampubliclibrary.org.
There will be a celebration for the winners in June, an ice cream sundae party.
But awards will be given only to students who get all the answers correct.