Old Bethpage Village Presents a Bridge to the Past in "History Alive!" Children's Program in April & May
While their children fiddle with video game controllers and cell phones and enjoy all the other trappings of the computer age, many parents wonder how they can provide their kids with an appreciation for what life was like in an earlier and simpler time in America. Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announces that through the “History Alive!” program, Old Bethpage Village Restoration will provide that opportunity over seven Sundays during April and May.
As part of the program, children and parents will be able to try their hand at the everyday chores of 19th-century life, including churning fresh cream into butter at the Powell Farmhouse, carding wool at the Benjamin House, assisting in making a hat, and sweeping the porch at the General Store with a handmade corn broom.
Other aspects of children’s lives will also be covered, including play, involving rolling wooden hoops beside the Noon Inn; and education, with participants having the opportunity to see the School House, where they can write on a slate board.
“This is one of our most popular programs for families, as it allows children and parents to gain a greater appreciation for what the daily lives of an earlier generation of Long Islanders were like,” says Jim McKenna, OBVR site director and curator.
The History Alive! program takes place from noon to 4 p.m. on April 3, 10 and 17 and May 1, 8, 15 and 22.