Preschoolers dig up the past at museum

| June 15, 2016

COSHOCTON – Preschoolers were invited to dig up the past June 14 at the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum.

“There are people who dig up the dirt and find treasures that were left by people who lived there many, many years ago,” Patti Malenke, director of the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum, explained to the children who attended the event.

During Digging up the Past, children ages 2-5 were invited to dig in marked off sections of a container full of dirt and find items from the past and present. After the items were found the group then got together to discuss if they would have been found outside or inside a home and what room they might have been discovered in.

“From what you’ve found you can tell what part of the house might have been there,” Malenke said.

Jane Bahmer brought her grandchildren, 4-year-old Lucy Bahmer and 2-year-old Grayson Bahmer to the event.

“I enjoy doing things with them and like to expose them to anything I can find,” Jane said. “I encourage people to use our library and museum.”

She said both her grandchildren had fun at the archeology dig and she appreciates the museum hosting the event.

“I think they are very brave for trying this with so many 2, 3, 4, and 5-year-olds,” Jane said.

Digging up the Past will be held again for 6 to 12-year-olds from 10 to 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Reservations are required three days prior to the program. The cost is $3 for children and free for those with a family membership. Accompanying adults are also free. For information, contact the Johnson-Humrickhouse Museum at 740-622-8710 or [email protected]. The museum is located at 300 N. Whitewoman St. Museum hours May through October are noon to 5 p.m. daily.



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