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Kids venture back in time

Pioneer Days allows families to experience life, sans technology

POSTED: October 17, 2008 5:01 a.m.
SARA GUEVARA/The Times

An assortment of fabric, which will be used to make sachets, lies on the table inside the Northeast Georgia History Center during Pioneer Days. The sachets will be filled with dried herbs and flowers to give a good smell to clothes.

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The Northeast Georgia History Center at Brenau University took families back in time Sunday afternoon. Pioneer Days was designed to give families a taste of life in a time when it was a little less automated.

Featured at the event was a blacksmith, washboard laundry, butter churning, sachets, and coloring and word games. Special guests included banjo picking by Chuck Nations and corn grinding by Hush Stowers.

"It’s the second of our family days," said Julie Carson, a coordinator at the history center. "The theme changes every month.

"I think it gives today’s children an experience to see how life was in the past. It takes them back to a time without TVs, radio or iPods. ... I hope it helps them appreciate things that we take for granted today," she said.

The blacksmith exhibit frequently was visited Sunday afternoon. A volunteer blacksmith gave demonstrations and answered questions.

Another popular activity was making butter.

Savannah Hecht, 11, of Cleveland said that making butter was her favorite part of the event.

"It’s delicious," she said.

Iris Sutt, another history center volunteer, helped families with making butter. She has been involved with the center for the past two years.

"I enjoy meeting people, and I love the museum," she said. "I enjoy doing it."

The history center has many exhibits such as Cherokee Chief White Path’s Cabin, the Northeast Georgia Sports Hall of Fame and the Northeast Georgia Legacy Tribute; hosts field trips for schools; and its volunteers will even travel to some schools as part of its educational outreach program for children.

The next "Family Sunday" event is set for Nov. 9. For more information on the Northeast Georgia History Center and its events, visit http://www.negahc.org/.



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