Arms Museum takes trip back in time

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Khilynn Higgins washed clothes the old fashion way during the Hands on History open house July 24 at the Arms Museum.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Andrew McGuire and Jake Johnson made their own butter during the Hands on History open house July 24 at the Arms Museum.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman.Makayla Dooley and Joliea Rivera dressed up like pioneers during the Mahoning Valley Historical Society's Hands on History open house July 24 at the Arms Museum.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Alexis Johnson made butter during the Hands on History open house July 24 at the Arms Museum.

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Neighbors | Adrienne Crissman .Amy McGuire washed clothes like a pioneer during the Hands on History open house July 24 at the Arms Museum.

By ADRIENNE CRISSMAN

acrisman@vindy.com

The Mahoning Valley Historical Society hosted Hands on History July 24 at the Arms Museum.

Hands on History is a series of open houses offered at the museum every Wednesday through Aug. 14. Each week has a different theme pertaining to history.

The weeks’ theme was The First Ohioans and showed how the early Ohio pioneers lived. Children were able to wash clothes in a wash tub, make their own butter, dress like pioneers, play pioneer games and make a craft.

Traci Manning, curator of education, said the open houses are a great way for the children to have fun with history while learning.

“They get to explore the past in a hands-on, immersive way,” said Manning. “The main goal is for the kids to have fun.”

Joliea River attended the open house July 24. She said living like a pioneer would be hard.

“I think all of it would be hard, but the hardest part would be making your own butter,” said Rivera.

For more information, visit http://mahoninghistory.org/education/youth/summer-programs/.

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