August 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Passport to the Past: Children’s Fun in 1871
What did kids do 150 years ago for fun during the summer? In honor of Lincoln’s 150th birthday, the volunteers at the Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse at Chase Farm Park are inviting children ages 5 and older, and adults of all ages to come and find out with a special event, Passport to the Past being held on Sunday afternoon August 15th between 1:00-4:00 p.m.
The schoolmarms and schoolmasters will bring visitors back in time to 1871 to experience many of the fun pastimes enjoyed by the children and adults, which includes a range of activities such as constructing and flying a kite, take a picture using a very early form of photography, make a fishing pole, and play some recess games. Explore nature and use a magnifying glass and field journal to record what is found out in the fields, or create artwork. Learn to weave, braid and embroider–all the quiet skills that children and adults enjoyed over a century ago. Also play Victorian era parlor games as families once played around the hearth in the evenings.
Upon arrival, each participant will receive a stampable “passport” booklet and a map of all the docent-led education stations set up around Chase Farm Park. Participants are encouraged to engage in any or all of the activities that ignite their curiosity. Some of the activities may be weather-permitting, but most will be offered rain or shine. Regardless of the activities chosen, it is likely there will be items to take home, and certainly lots of great memories of old-fashioned fun.
Children must be accompanied by an adult. Advance registration and payment for the event at www.hearthsidehouse.org. Admissions are on the half-hour starting at 1:00 p.m. with the last one at 2:30.
The town-owned Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse dates to 1850 before the town of Lincoln was formed by separating from Smithfield in 1871. The one-room schoolhouse is located at Chase Farm Park, having been moved there from its original Angell Road location in order to preserve it along with the other historic sites at the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park, located at 671 Great Road, Lincoln. The Friends of Hearthside are stewards of the property and provide programming at each of the sites.