January 7, 2010
The West Virginia Division of Culture and History will present its “Second Saturday” program of museum activities on Jan. 9, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex, in Charleston. The free program is geared for children of all ages.
This Saturday, kids can enjoy participating in a scavenger hunt while using the Museum Bingo Sheet all day long. From 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., they can participate in the “make ‘n take” craft activities and create a unity wreath by tracing their hands in different patterns on construction paper. They also can make an activity book about themselves and draw a self-portrait, their house and family, list their best friends, favorite subjects and pastimes, and more.
At 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and noon, participants can gather in a Discovery Room to hear the story, Snow Country, which was written by West Virginia author Marc Harshman. Following the story, they can make a bookmark.
At 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m., kids can learn about women from West Virginia’s history and see artifacts relating to them, and discover information about Ann Reeves Jarvis of Grafton who was an inspiration for Mother’s Day. They also will hear about Elizabeth Zane, who made a daring run to procure gunpowder for the defenders of Fort Henry in present day Wheeling, who were besieged by a Native American force in the late 1700s, and Eleanor Roosevelt and her work with Arthurdale, the first of many New Deal planned communities established under Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration.
It is recommended that children under the age of 13 be accompanied by an adult.
For more information about “Second Saturdays,” contact museum guest services, at (304) 558-0220, ext. 111.
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. Its administrative offices are located at the Culture Center in the State Capitol Complex in Charleston, which also houses the state archives and state museum. The Culture Center is West Virginia’s official showcase for the arts. The agency also operates a network of museums and historic sites across the state. For more information about the Division’s programs, visit www.wvculture.org. The Division of Culture and History is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.