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      Students learn about the history of Ottumwa

      The Wapello County Museum was full of children on Friday, all learning about the rich history of Ottumwa.

      3rd Graders from James Elementary as well as kids from outside of Ottumwa were excited to see what each room at the museum would uncover.

      One of the highlights of the tour was the Coal Palace.

      â??They (look) like a little garden and they had a little fountain in the backyard and there's places where they could sit and talk to their friends,â?? said Loren Burtlow, 3rd Grader at James Elementary.

      Touring the museum was a chance for the kids to see what Ottumwa was like when their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were growing up.

      â??Learning about the history of Ottumwa and learning a little bit more stuff, what happened back then when we weren't born,â?? said Addison Grade, 3rd Grader at James Elementary.

      â??How much Ottumwaâ??s changed,â?? said 10-year-old Cason Noe of Albia.

      The Wapello County Museum is a great place to take the kids this summer. There was nothing but positive feedback from the children on Friday.

      Next week the museum will be celebrating its 25th anniversary being at its current location on June 13 from 5 to 7 p.m.