Saturday, February 24, 2007

Hoop skirt

All the schools were closed last week for February break. I held a Fantastic February History Camp at the museum for kids who couldn't go away. We learned about the different people who lived in the house from 1740 to about 1870, namely a Colonial family, occupying British soldiers, spies, slaves, a Victorian family, and numerous Irish servants. We hauled water, carried wood, made inkwells, wrote with quills, made scones and cornbread, made a Victorian trinket box, played penny whistles and had a tea party.

My friend Mary Kay, who is a consumate seamstress and garment creator, lent us a Civil War day dress, hoop skirt and corset, which the accountant modeled. The kids jumped up and followed her through the Victorian hall. There's nothing like an authentic reproduction garment to light people's imagination.

18 Comments:

Blogger Pam said...

How I wish I could have come, too! A wonderful way for kids to learn history, you are so very creative.

10:54 AM  
Blogger Laurie said...

I'm with Pam. I wish I had been there. Those kids will never forget the time they spent with you. What a wonderful gift.

I love your artwork as always. What a wonderful use of color.

11:35 AM  
Blogger Suzie said...

I am always completely blown away at how you make life magical for these children and at where you work! I remember being at Pioneer Village and trying to spin wool and making candles, it was one of my favourite experiences ever, to really try and "be" where others have been. I do that with literature too, "Roughing it in the Bush" is a Canadian classic that shows you what life was like back then. I am so grateful for what we have now! Sorry, I'm rambling...

2:06 PM  
Blogger Suzy said...

Lucky children. Hey, I'm having a birthday party for Grace and her friends RIGHT NOW as I type. Will you fly out in a hoop skirt please?

7:36 PM  
Blogger Ginnie said...

That's wonderful, Caroline. The children that were "at home" were the lucky ones...a memory they won't forget.

8:31 AM  
Anonymous Britt-Arnhild said...

Your painting can be used as a poster to promote next year's kid's day in the museum. Or it can be made into a postcard, or to illustrate a book, or to be framed and hung on a Blue Café wall,or.......
I love the second drawing.

9:00 AM  
Blogger Lucia said...

When I worked in museums with kids (for many years), I always enjoyed the living history dressing up. I had a 1904 school marm outfit that was terrific and wore right through 2 of them in a couple of years.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Lucia said...

BTW, I went to EIU for my museum degree. Any chance you went there too?

12:15 PM  
Blogger melba said...

Oh I forgot how busy it must be for you! The museums here were PACKED!
I bet you had fun though! Much better than paper work even if you are busy!

I hope you take some time for you this week!

XO,
Melba

2:57 PM  
Blogger Jamie said...

It's so cool seeing your drawings in a different medium. They really capture the moment. And what a moment to remember! It sounds like a great time!

Oh, and I posted a little about my Expressive Arts experience. It was awesome.

8:14 AM  
Blogger lolololo said...

f you had a camp like this for adults I'd be there in a heart beat! What fun.
Lisa @ In Otter Space (aka lolololo)

8:17 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Oh - I wish I could watch!!!
I love the 1800's
Must get over to the museum Soon!!!!

9:13 AM  
Blogger Caroline said...

Wow this sounds like a thrilling way to bring history to life!

12:35 PM  
Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

Oh how I wish I could have been among that group, I am fascinated by living history. You have what sounds like a great job!! and of course nothing beats your illos!!
I am trying to catch up on long over due comments...little by little!
XOXO

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