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By Menifee Valley Historical Association
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Children search for treasure at Menifee's Boys & Girls Club

 

Last updated 5/31/2018 at 11:32am

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Greg Vitoria demonstrates how to use a metal detector.

Is there anything more exciting that finding buried treasure? At the Boys & Girls Club of Menifee Valley the youth members had fun using metal detectors to uncover valuable coins buried underground.

Three groups of 12-year-olds learned that metal detectors are based on the science of electromagnetism. After a brief lesson on how the equipment works, the teams headed out into the play field and began sweeping their detectors over the ground, listening for that audible beep. Very quickly the teams were on their knees digging and using their "pinpointer" devices to uncover the loot.

"Whoa, I think it's a quarter!" an excited girl shouted, as she wiped off the dirt and corrosion to reveal the date. "It says 1947, cool."

Greg Vitoria is a Menifee resident who enjoys searching for rare coins as a hobby in his spare time. He visited the Menifee History Museum last month and shared some of his recent finds with the docents there. Among the coins he brought was a very old Spanish coin from the 1730s, which he found in Menifee.

While at the museum, Vitoria was asked by docent Bill Zimmerman if he would be willing to share his unique skills with the area's youth. Plans were arranged for Vitoria's visit to the Boys & Girls Club where he and Zimmerman provided a new experience for the youth members of the afterschool program.

Plans are also being made for Vitoria and the historical association members to visit the city of Menifee's youth summer camp at Lazy Creek Park during their "Blast to the Past" week, where history storylines will be integrated into the weeklong activities. Lazy Creek Park is the location of William Newport's ranch, which was built in the 1890s, so the children may find some rare coins if they're fortunate.

 

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