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Fifty students from the Twin Pike Family YMCA’s extended summer school program jammed the Louisiana Area Historical Museum on Wednesday, June 5 to get hands-on instruction in a rural art form.
The first edition of this year’s summer programs at the museum featured Judy Schmidt, who taught the students about pioneer quilting.
Each student made a block for a paper quilt that will hang in the museum’s window at 304 Georgia Street.
The free museum programs for “kids of all ages” will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in June and the first two Wednesdays in August. Listed are the remaining programs for this summer:
• June 12 — Stark’s Delicious Apple. The history of the Stark family and the establishment of its world-famous orchard will be explored. A tour of the museum’s new Stark Room will be featured.
• June 19 — The Silent Witness. Civil War enthusiasts Bucky and Cheryl Ward will talk about the “Doll of the Battlefield” in the museum’s continuing Civil War series.
• June 26 — News from Senator John B. Henderson. Louisiana historian Betty Allen will discuss the life of Henderson, a former city clerk who rose to be an influential national politician who helped pass the 14th Amendment abolishing slavery with his friend, Abraham Lincoln.
• Aug. 7 —ASL Pewter Shop. Participants will go to the history-tinged ASL Pewter Shop around the corner from the museum at 123 S. Third St. in Louisiana to see pewter objects made.
• Aug. 14 — Mrs. Champ Clark, the speaker’s wife.
Charlene McCune of Bowling Green brings the former Speaker of the House’s wife to life with her presentation.
For more information, go by the museum, or call 573-754-5550.