Historical Society organizes educational race
The Trumbull County Historical Society turns learning about local events and landmarks into a competition with Race Thru the Past.
This is fourth year for the event, which, like the reality series “The Amazing Race,” requires teams to decipher clues to track down various landmarks, where they will receive their next clue.
“Every year we try to do a different section of Trumbull County,” said TCHS Executive Director Meghan Reed. “We try to make sure people aren’t driving three hours across the county and back. We try to keep in a certain quadrant. I don’t want to disclose exactly where, but it’s a quadrant we’ve never done before.”
In addition to finding new stops each year, organizers pick locations that can be found on Google maps without getting lost.
“We find creative ways to have clues, but we not trying to trip people up or have them go to locations so obscure they’ll never figure it out,” Reed said.
In the past, the event has drawn about 12 to 15 teams (team size is limited only by the number of people who will fit in a vehicle), and Reed is expecting a similar turnout this year. A pizza party awaits teams that make it to the final destination, and prizes will be awarded to the winners.
The race, which starts at 2 p.m. and leaves from the Morgan History Center, tends to appeal to a different audience than those who attend the society’s more traditional programming.
“One of the reasons we started the event is we were looking for something to do to reach the family audience and people who are looking to get outdoors and have a more competitive side,” Reed said. “The audience in the past has ranged from families with kids to an older audience group that just wants to get out and have fun and people who know a lot about local history and want to test their skills.”