Program to bring War of 1812 to life for kids

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Historical Society’s junior program sets July 21 event

Jul. 16, 2012

 

The Ross County Historical Society Junior Member Program exposes local children to immersive hands-on historical experiences. The latest will involve a War of 1812 experience Saturday at Adena Mansion & Gardens.

The Ross County Historical Society Junior Member Program exposes local children to immersive hands-on historical experiences. The latest will involve a War of 1812 experience Saturday at Adena Mansion & Gardens. / Submitted
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CHILLICOTHE — Getting the area’s young people into the spirit of the War of 1812 bicentennial celebration is the focus of the Ross County Historical Society’s Summer Junior Member Program.

The program for children ages 6 to 12, which will be from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, will follow the theme “Life During the War of 1812” and will explore what it was like to be alive during the fledgling nation’s second war against Great Britain from 1812 to 1814.

The program will be set on the grounds of Adena Mansion and Gardens in conjunction with the War of 1812 Bicentennial Militia Muster living history event that will be going on at the same time. That fact will allow program participants to visit an authentic militia encampment of the time showing citizen soldiers from Ross County getting prepared to head to war.

Children taking part will experience what it was like to be a raw recruit at the time and get to learn about the uniforms and equipment of the common soldier.

They will be mustered into the service, learn the manual of arms and take part in basic military drills of the period, as well as visit an authentic Native American encampment and learn about the dress and customs of tribes that lived in Ohio at the time.

Participants also will be able to visit with some military and civilian leaders and common local citizens of the period and take part in several hands-on activities including making period hats and bonnets.

Participation in the program is free for Ross County Historical Society junior members and $10 for nonmembers, which will include a one-year membership into the Junior Program.

Registration deadline is Thursday. Space is limited, so registration is required.

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