Tuesday, June 12, 2012

If you missed The Johnston Farm Family Days last weekend, you have another chance for fun!

Saturday, June 16, 2012
Noon – 5:00 p.m.
Dulcimers & Dolls at the Johnston Farm

John Johnston’s family home will come alive with traditional music of a bygone era when the Mountain Dulcimer Society of Dayton presents traditional music and related activities throughout the day. 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.

Allow enough time to visit the Johnston home to learn how the family lived, engage in some craft activities from the Johnston’s era, and take in the Historic Indian and Canal Museum to gain insight to the lives of the first people who called Ohio home. Be sure to allow time in your day for a relaxing ride on the replica canal boat General Harrison of Piqua and relive the time when mules pulled boats at four miles per hour.

Visitors to the Johnston home 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 are 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.

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, Ohio Historical Society members, and children 5 and younger. AAA and Senior discounts are also honored.

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