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Museums announce home-school program

The first-ever Northern Neck History and Culture Day for Home Schools, featuring interactive, educational programs from nine area museums, parks, and historic sites, will be held on May 2 at Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster County. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required and space is limited.

Event organizers encourage home-school teachers or parents to sign up as soon as possible to guarantee attendance. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.

Home-school students of all ages from the local area or from across the state are invited. Groups must have at least one adult per five students. Event coordinator Joan Moore said, “This is the first time our local museums are organizing an event specifically for home-schoolers, but the idea is built on the successes we have had for several years with our History on the Go programs at area public and private schools. Bringing multiple institutions together on one day in one location is convenient for students and offers them more learning opportunities.”

A variety of activities will be presented, such as lessons on Colonial and Native American clothing; John Smith’s shallop; life cycle of oysters; brick-making and architecture; schooling in early America; Indians in the Northern Neck; archaeology; primary source documents and maps; historic gardens and house patterns; and ecology and water quality testing.

Participating organizations will be Belle Isle State Park, Essex County Museum and Historical Society, Historic Christ Church, Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Menokin, Middlesex County Museum and Historical Society, Reedville Fisherman’s Museum, Richmond County Museum, and Westmoreland County Museum.

Activities will be outdoors and run on a timed schedule throughout the day from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. However, Moore said that attendees should arrive no later than noon and allow 3½ to 4 hours to fully experience all the programs.

For complete details, visit or contact 804-443-4690 or .

posted 01.22.2014

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