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Families get weekend history lesson
Volunteers Julia Pang, left, and Yosahandy Bautista, from the Gainesville High School Key Club, help a group of Tiger scouts from First United Methodist Pack 16 build play rockets. “We go to these events to get involved in the community and it’s just something fun to do,” Bautista said. - photo by JOSHUA L. JONES

The monthly Family Day on Sunday at the Northeast Georgia History Center in Gainesville recognized the 200-year anniversary of the end of the War of 1812. Events included re-enactors demonstrating and discussing soldiers’ lives, an exhibit in the Rotating Gallery, hands-on activities and interactive exhibits. Visitors could make soldiers’ shako headgear, have silhouettes drawn and explore the events that led to Francis Scott Key’s writing the lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner”