Friday, July 6, 2007

Summer at Hagley Museum

Special Programs for Kids, Dollar Days and Bicycling

Every Tuesday in July Hagley’s Creek Kids will offer hands-on activities related to nineteenth-century family life including games, chores, school, and food. Something different is planned each Tuesday to demonstrate how families lived and worked along the Brandywine Creek in the 1800s.

July 3rd: A Day in the DuPont Powder Yard
Visitors will float wooden boats in the millrace, learn about gunpowder, and watch stone splitting and riveting demonstrations. There will also be nineteenth-century board games to play, the chance to fish with a bamboo pole in the Brandywine River, and samples of ice cream that has been hand-cranked the old-fashioned way.

July 10th: Life along the Brandywine Creek.
Visitors will enjoy textile arts including spinning wool with a drop spindle and weaving on a lap loom. Inside the Sunday school there will be quill pen writing and the chance to read the 1834 Rebus ABCs lesson book. A recess outside the school will include stilts to walk on, a game of “catch the hoop,” and other nineteenth-century games. In the Gibbon’s House, once home to a powder yard foreman, activities will include a host of household chores and making pew dolls. Visitors will find homemade corn bread in the kitchen and help make butter, as well as participate in a proper Ladies Tea.

July 17th: The impact of the Civil War on the workers
Re-enactors will pose as soldiers from Camp DuPont, march to fife and drum music, and drill with wooden muskets. Participants can watch a fashion show of clothing from the 1800’s. There will be a rousing game of nineteenth-century baseball, a nineteenth-century “whizgig” toy to make, poke bags to sew and sips of homemade lemonade to enjoy along with freshly whipped cream on a gingersnap.

July 24th: Music and Recreation in the Workers’ Community.
The afternoon will include period music and penny whistles, autoharps, and other simple instruments to play. There will be a variety of nineteenth-century games to join in on such as hoops, graces, crown a king, and ball and cup. Other activities for the day include quilting, and making a nineteenth-century toy called a GeeHaw.

July 31st: Irish Immigrants Come to America
Visitors will enjoy Irish music, write Gaelic poems with a quill pen, and sew a lavender sachet for a linen drawer. Music from the parlor organ and the autoharp will enhance vicarious travel through a stereoscope. An early version of today’s View-Master, a stereoscope makes special photographs look three dimensional. Explore genealogy and how family trees work. Outdoors, there will be work in the garden and a bean bag toss to try.

Creek Kids activities take place Tuesdays in July from 12:30 to 4 p.m. and are included with regular museum admission.
Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Adults - $11.00
Students and senior citizens - $9.00
Children ages six to fourteen - $4.00
Children under six - Free
Groups welcomed year-round by reservation.
Call weekdays for information
(302) 658-2400 ext. 259.

Dollar Days
Hagley’s Great Summer Saturday Admission Discount. Admission is just $1 every Saturday during July and August. It’s the perfect opportunity to take time to enjoy the museum’s diverse offerings including a variety of interactive exhibits, demonstrations, gardens, decorative arts, costumed interpreters, state champion trees, wildflowers, and picturesque picnic spots. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Wednesdays - 5 to 8 p.m
July 11 through August 29th.
Visitors are welcome to bike along the Brandywine River, hike around the museum’s history, or simply enjoy an outdoor evening excursion to Hagley. These evenings are perfect for picnics too. Admission is $2 per person. Use Hagley’s main entrance off Route 141 in Wilmington, Delaware.

Hagley also offers a variety of summer camp experiences.

For more information visit their website:
PHONE: (302) 658-2400