'Hands-on' history is fun!
The Hayes Presidential Center launched its new children's series in April! Titled Second Saturdays R 4 Kids, the series is made possible through the generosity of Heinz North America.
The focus is on kids but we also want to encourage adult participation. So, parents are invited to come, said Hayes Center Education Coordinator Ashley Wyatt. The theme is 'Exploring the Civil War' because we are in the final year of observance of the sesquicentennial of the war.
Each session in the series takes place on the second Saturday of the month and focuses on hands-on experiences that enhance learning about the Civil War. Sessions also may include speakers, special guests, interactive activities, and in most cases a make-and-take craft project. The time frame is 11 a.m.-3 p.m. "But, the idea is for people to come when they want, spend as much time on an activity as they want, and hopefully families will stay to see the Museum," Wyatt said.
Cost is $1/child and $7.50/adult (which includes Museum admission). People with Hayes Presidential Center Family-level memberships can attend FREE as part of their membership benefits.
Dates and topics for Second Saturdays R 4 Kids include:
August 9 Civil War Medicine - What was it like to get sick or injured during the war? Who cared for the injured and what were their experiences like?
September 13 Life in a Civil War Prison Camp - Learn what it was like to be imprisoned on Johnsons Island or other prisoner-of-war camps (includes a special tour of the Hayes Museum exhibit Privy to History: Civil War Prison Life Unearthed.)
October - date and topic to be announced
November 8 Civil War Elections! - Conducting political elections during a time of war presented unique problems for politicians and voters.
December 13 War Ends! - Celebrate the Civil Wars end and learn how the country changed afterwards.