Monday, May 28, 2012

Come walk through 100 years of childhood

During the month of June, visitors will be able to take a walk through 100 years of childhood as a collection of dolls and toys illustrating how the concept of childhood changed from the 19th to the 20th centuries will be displayed. Early 19th century dolls were dressed as adult women as an example of what a young child should become. As time moved forward, the dolls began to represent real children, complete with their flaws and charms. Items from local collectors will be featured and include china, wax, paper mache, bisque, wood, composition, and felt. Doll makers Kestner, Simon Halbig, Heubach, Lenci, Schoenhut, and Kathy Kruse will be featured.

Also on June 9th and 10th John Johnston’s family home will come alive with craft demonstrations, games, and activities the children would have enjoyed in days past on both Saturday and Sunday. The Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton will present traditional music and other related activities throughout the day on Saturday. They will be conducting demonstrations, workshops, plus performing at various locations around the site. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the music of our ancestors.

Summer hours for the Johnston Farm & Indian Agency are Thursday and Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday Noon – 5:00 PM.

Admission: $8.00/adults, $4.00/children 6-12, and free to Johnston Farm Friends Council and Ohio Historical Society members. AAA and Senior discounts are also honored.