Learning about days of old: Museum kicks off summer programs designed to entertain, teach youth

Posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at 11:29 am

Cheryl Ward shows the children how the game “Hunt the Button” was played in the 1860s.

Cheryl Ward shows the children how the game “Hunt the Button” was played in the 1860s.

About 50 youngsters found out how kids had fun 150 years ago in the first session of the Louisiana Area Historical Museum’s annual summer program on Wednesday, June 4.
Cheryl Ward, of Louisiana, gave a presentation entitled “You’re It, Games of the 1860s” to a delighted crowd that was taught how far things have come.
“They had no electricity, so there were no video games, TV or radio,” Ward told the crowd which was in rapt attention. “They didn’t have a lot of money. They didn’t have Walmart where they could just buy things.”
Ward demonstrated that children 150 years ago made do with what they had, like a game where wooded hoops were tossed with sticks.
The children also played the games, like “Hunt the Button,” in which a button was passed in a circle with a person in the middle having to guess where it was.
Other games of the 1860s survived the years as well, like Hide and Go Seek and marbles.
The summer program is geared toward children but the general public can attend any session free of charge.
Here are the remaining programs:
• Wednesday, June 11 at 1:30 p.m. Frank Salter, chemist with Continental Cement will present, “What’s In That Rock?” studying all the uses and discoveries from the limestone from our area.
• Wednesday, June 18 at 1 p.m. Brent Engel will discuss the many contributions of Louisiana native R. R. Rowley, educator, archeologist, and scientist.
• Wednesday, June 25 at 1 p.m.  Judy Schmidt will demonstrate how to card and spin lamb’s wool the pioneer way in “Let’s Spin Some Yarn.”
The Louisiana Area Historical Museum is located at 304 Georgia St. in Louisiana.

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