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Free Family Fun to focus on cultural heritage

1/16/02

Free Family Fun Day events for the winter months of January and February, 2002, will concentrate on the cultural heritage of West Virginia’s Native Americans, Jewish Americans and African Americans. The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will continue its Free Family Fun Day series on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Cultural Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Hands-on activities are geared for children; however, visitors of all ages are invited to discover something new by participating in the free event.

Kids can create Native American sand art pictures using colored sand and glue. They also can use beads to make Jewish and Native American objects including Star of David jewelry, and small African dancing dolls, dressing them in traditional African clothing.

In addition, they can learn about the Hebrew alphabet and cultural symbols, traditional Native American languages, the tribes that inhabited West Virginia and African American culture.

Children must be accompanied by an adult. Due to the nature of the activities children should wear play clothes. For more information about Free Family Fun Day, contact Bil Lepp, education coordinator for the Division at (304) 558-0220, ext. 131.

The West Virginia Division of Culture and History, an agency of the West Virginia Department of Education and the Arts, brings together the state’s past, present and future through programs and services in the areas of archives and history, the arts, historic preservation and museums. The Cultural Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. Visit the Division’s website at www.wvculture.org for more information about programs of the Division. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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