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'Hands-on' history is fun!
A young 'recruit' reacts to commands given during a Civil War boot camp.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.”

major funding for 'second saturdays r 4 kids' is provided by heinz north america.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.

Second Saturdays R 4 Kids welcomes people of all ages to learn through 'doing.'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.

The final session of the 2014 series takes place December 13. The theme is War Ends! Participants will celebrate the Civil War’s end and learn how the country changed afterwards.

Soldiers await new recruits at a mustering-in station.