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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.


Dates and topics for Second Saturdays R 4 Kids include:

September 13 Life in a Civil War Prison Camp - Learn what it was like to be imprisoned on Johnson’s 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 - What Did Children Do during the Civil War? (included as part of the Hayes Civil War Reenactment)

November 8Civil War Elections! - Conducting political elections during a time of war presented unique problems for politicians and voters.

December 13War Ends! - Celebrate the Civil War’s end and learn how the country changed afterwards.

Soldiers await new recruits at a mustering-in station.