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
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
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
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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
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