During this session we will be making butter, doing laundry and probably getting wet. We’ll husk, shell and grind corn, make cornbread and taste what we make. We will also explore how pioneers used sorghum, a nearly magical plant, to sweeten food, ground for flour, popped like popcorn and made into brooms to clean up their homes.
All activities are designed as hands-on experiences with no set program. People can join the event anytime between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. In the case of poor weather, activities will be moved inside to the Emma Ritchie Auditorium.
Kathy Creighton, executive director of the historical society, said she expects children and their family members to have a good time during the program again this year. “Last year, the kids, parents and grandparents had great fun and really enjoyed themselves. The kids especially liked getting wet when they did laundry the way pioneer families did during the 1800s. We think this session will be an excellent hands-on experience for kids and a real treat for all.”
The Butler County Historical Society, located at 327 North Second Street, Hamilton, and its Benninghofen House museum is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. Group tours of the Benninghofen House Museum can be arranged by calling 896-9930.