From the Holland Land Office Museum:
Eight days of history-oriented fun awaits young participants in the Holland Land Office Museum's History Heroes Summer Program. This year it begins on July 15 and ends July 26, running eight days Tuesday through Friday for two weeks.
It's for children 7 through 12 and begins at 10 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m.
The deadline to register is June 22.
The Underground Railroad will be highlighted. The children see firsthand some of the homes that were safe homes for fugitive slaves.
They will also visit the wonderful Le Roy House and the Jell-O Museum on Jell-O Day.
The program is divided into eight days. On the first day, the children will be introduced to a play that will culminate into a production for parents/ grandparents families on the last day. It will have some historical significance to this area.
The HLOM is also happy to announce that there will be a certified music teacher that will help with the songs for the play, a certified art teacher to entice the children to choose a home or a scene from Batavia to draw. There is also a retired college professor that taught photography at Brockport State College to take individual pictures of the children in various period clothes.
The History Heroes Summer program was established in 2011. It came about when a retired school teacher dream was to immerse children in their local history. Over the past three years the program has evolved into a history playground for young people.
Previously, the children learned how to knit with a 4-nailed loom. Last year the children were taught how to knit on a knitting loom, which could produce a scarf. This year they will learn how to weave.
Children are to bring a packed lunch; snacks and bottled water will be provided daily. They will receive a History Heroes T-shirt, too. Please check out the Holland Land office Web site and Facebook for more information.
The coordinator and teacher for the summer program is Anne Marie Starowitz, a retired school teacher from Robert Morris School.
The cost for EACH program is $22 for HLOM Members, and $25 for non-members.
July 16 -- Introduction to the Underground Railroad Day
July 17 -- Music Day / Play Parts
July 18 -- Field Trip to Le Roy House / Jell-O Museum
July 19 -- Textile Day / Weaving & Knitting
July 23 -- Cooking Day / Costumes & Photographs
July 24 -- Art Lesson Day / Historical Photographs
July 25 -- Performing Arts Day / Play & Practice Music
July 26 -- Celebration Day / Play & Picnic