Children enjoy a day at Lincoln
Heritage Museum and trick or treat with President Lincoln
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[October 28, 2019]
Saturday was chilly and wet with a rain that started in the morning
and lasted all day long. While that type of weather is not conducive
to outdoor play, it is the perfect backdrop for doing something fun
inside. The weather may have been a driver to the number of children
that turned out for Trick or Treat with Abraham Lincoln at the
Lincoln Heritage Museum as the museum saw one of its largest crowds
Children accompanied by adult family members streamed through the
museum starting at 1 p.m. and throughout the afternoon, with the
event coming to an end at 4 p.m.
As they came into the museum, they were given the opportunity to do
a craft project. Pages of Abraham Lincoln Vampire Bats were laid out
for coloring. Kids could color their Lincoln bat then tape it to a
plastic straw. Using the straw as a handle they then flew their bats
wherever they went.
There was also a scavenger hunt to find particular items within the
museum. Kids were given a laminated page of photos, each identifying
an item on display either downstairs or upstairs at the museum. They
took the photos with them on their tour and pointed out the items as
they found them in the museum.
The hunt was an ABC hunt starting with artwork of Abe as the letter
A. The “B” was a law book, “C” was cannonballs and “D” was drums.
The hunt list continued through the letter N for newspaper.
It would not have been Trick or Treat with Abe without Mr. Lincoln.
The post-election Lincoln, complete with facial hair and top hat was
on hand to go through the upstairs area with the children.
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Upstairs, as children made their way through the museum, they
encountered four different characters, all relating to Abraham
Lincoln, Civil War history and Logan County. Ron Keller, portrayed
an acquaintance of Lincoln’s and taught the children how to play
jacks before giving them candy and sending them on to the next
Reverend John Johnson portrayed Trapper John and met the children in
the courtroom area upstairs.
Around the corner, Lincoln Heritage Museum Director Anne Moseley
portrayed a young lady from Atlanta who lived on a farm. On the farm
she explained she had plenty of room to run and play and she enjoyed
hoop and stick. She taught the children how to play.
Harriet Tubman was the final stop. Portrayed by Kathryn Harris, who
taught the kids how to play a toss and catch game using a wooden
stick with two tin cans nailed to it.
Making the full trip around the upstairs, the last activity of the
day was an opportunity to pose as Mr. and Mrs. Lincoln where parents
were permitted to take a photo.
It was a good day at the museum with a large number of children
getting the opportunity to see the museum while taking part in a
seasonal activity that they all enjoyed.
The museum was also collecting food for Lincoln Logan Food Pantry.
Several visitors brought in bags of canned goods to add to the