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Kids Explore Native American Living at The Johnson House  
7/5/2018
On Saturday, June 23rd the Wadsworth Area Historical Society hosted Kids’ History Day: Discovering Ohio’s Native People. 13 kids and their parents came to The Johnson House Museum to learn all about Native Americans in Ohio through demonstrations, talks, hands on activities and more. After the kids learned about history and culture of woodland Native Americans history, they explored foods native to the area and made their very own corn cakes which were then cooked on a hot rock over an open fire. After learning and speaking a bit of language kids were able to find their own name and write it in Cherokee. As rain made its way into the area, the group went inside for Native American storytelling and tried their skills at some Native style games. The kids were able to take home a set of drop sticks, a game that sharpens timing skills and reflexes, to decorate and practice with on their own. When the rain cleared, Native hunting tools were on the schedule which included a demonstration of an atlatl and blow gun. To round off the event, the kids were guided through some Native American songs and dance and enjoyed popcorn topped with maple syrup. All kids received a unique t-shirt with a custom design and went home with a goodie bag. Abby Tennant attended for the first time this year and loved it. She said her favorite part was the hunting tools. Her mother enjoyed it too and commented that it was nice to have hands on activities and engagement as part of the event. “I loved seeing the kids have fun while learning about Native American games, cooking, dance, and hunting tools.” Committee member Kate Smith added, “It was great to see so many kids interested in our history. We are excited to start planning for 2019!” Photographs and information from the event as well as other upcoming WAHS events can be found at www.wadsworthareahistoricalsociety.org or www.facebook.com/wadsworthareahs.
   



Historical Society Welcomes Community Leaders
7/5/2018
On Tuesday, June 12th the Wadsworth Area Historical Society hosted an Appreciation Lunch at The Johnson House Museum. Over 40 city employees and other community leaders attended the event. They were able to grab a free lunch, explore The Johnson House and learn about what the historical society plans to do in the coming year. Each year the society invites a new organization from the community to attend the event. This year Wadsworth Young Professionals were invited, and many members attended. 




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