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WHAT: Summer Family Program Series: "We Built This City"
WHEN: 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, June 21
WHERE: Clyde Historical Museum, 124 W. Buckeye St., Clyde
INFO: (419) 547-7946
The Clyde Historical Museum is holding a free Family Summer Program series, and the fun begins this month.
The first exhibit in the monthly series at Clyde Museum is all about the town’s early growth. “We Built This City” will run from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, and other Summer Family Program events will be on the third Thursdays in July and August. The events will have plenty of activities, presentations and exhibits related to the settlement of Clyde and its early growth – many of which have been designed for short attention spans.
Brenda Stultz, the curator at the Clyde Historical Museum, said that the aim was for people of all ages to enjoy themselves, including parents with young children. Many of the activities involve active participation, but for things such as presentations where guests will be sitting for a while, there will be quiet distractions available to kids, such as homemade building logs (similar to Lincoln Logs) that a local man will be donating for the event.
Stultz will also be reading a Caldecott Medal-winning book, which she will accompany with photos of some of the original settlers of Clyde to help relate the story to area history.
The Tiffin Washboard Band will be playing live music, and even giving a demonstration of how to play music on a saw. Though people will not be able to try playing the saw, guests are encouraged to try playing the washboard. Stultz said that the music will have a “down home” feel, noting that the band plays the washboards in a variety of different ways.
"Ya know, click, click and strum, strum, that kind of stuff," Stultz said with a laugh.
Guests will even be able to build their own "incrEDIBLE" town. In case the emphasized edible didn't tip you off, this activity allows guests to build any kind of building they want using edible materials. Some of the materials include pretzel logs, Combos, an assortment of sweet and salty crackers, flatbread and even sugar wafers that Stultz will be cutting into bricks. For the mortar of the buildings, guests will be able to choose from squirt cheese, peanut butter and frosting.
The inspiration of the series, Stultz said, was to give people a chance to see the museum in a more active light. The hope is to entice people who haven’t visited to come see the museum themselves.
“[We want] to invite a new generation to experience the museum,” she said. “History can be fun.”
We think this event will be just that. The program is free, but registration is greatly appreciated. To register, call Brenda Stultz at 419-547-7946 or 419-639-3017, or email email@example.com with a contact name and the ages of the people who will be attending.