Hands on History Day

August 4

These "Ordinary Days" will be extraordinary for modern kids.  During Hands-on History Day, they will have the opportunity to do many tasks that were commonly given to children in Colonial and Victorian times.  With this theme, based on the children's book, An Ordinary Day, by Dr. Barbara Corson, children will try out crafts and chores:

Flax Processing - What is breaking, scutching, and heckling and why are they important to those that wear linen clothing?  Kids will find out in a mini-seminar and hands-on lesson.

Fence Building - Kids will learn about the fences that surround and protect the museum, then practice team building as they build a snake rail fence.

Stuffing a Mattress - a team-building exercise that gets kids moving as they stuff the casing of a traditional straw mattress.

Making Corn Husk Brooms - an easy-to-do craft that demonstrates one of the many uses of corn husks.

Children will also learn elocution, math, and writing in our one-room schoolhouse.  The lesson, titled, "The Sheep," is taken from a second-grade reader wirtten by Lewis Monroe in 1873.

Landis Valley Associates members and kids ages 5 and under are free.  All others are $10 per person.  We welcome families, summer camps, cub and girl scout groups, and homeschool groups.  Registrations are required for groups over 10 people.  For more information or to register, contact Sheri Brown.

Hours: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $10 per person
  Free for LVA Members and kids ages 5 and under