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March 20, 2014

Past Finders makes history fun for kids

If the kids like history, this is the program for them.

Registration is now open for the 2014 Past Finders summer program at the Buttonwoods Museum.

Sessions are one week long and meet Tuesday through Friday. Children may sign up for one or both sessions. Morning drop-off begins at 9 a.m. and pick-up is at 4 p.m.

Session 1, Come Sail Away, is July 8 to 11. The Merrimack River connected Haverhill to ports around the world. Haverhill-built vessels hunted whales, sailed the Pacific and transported exotic trade items from England, China and the West Indies. Campers will explore the Merrimack River as a resource and link to the world. Activities include fishing, exploring the Buttonwoods Trail, sailor crafts, cooking, and a field trip. Cost is $175.

Session 2, Gadgets & Contraptions, is Aug. 5 to 8. Invention and discovery are key parts of the history of our nation. Campers will learn how gadgets work, where materials come from and create their own inventions. Activities include building circuits and switches, designing newspaper structures and building simple machines. Nature, technology, cooking, engineering, a field trip, and crazy ideas are all part of this week of design fun. Cost is $175.

TO PARTICIPATE

What: Past Finders history program for children

When: Registrations being accepted for July and August sessions

Where: Buttonwoods Museum

How: To register or for more information, visit www.buttonwoods.org. You can also email the program coordinator at programs@haverhillhistory.org.

Here are more events in the Haverhill area:

Free soap-making demonstration offered: The Bradford Grange will meet March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at 121 Washington St., Groveland.

The meeting is free and open to the public and will feature a demonstration on soap making. Learn about the ingredients, tools, and process from someone who’s figured it all out.

The Bradford Grange is a nonprofit organization focused on keeping the region’s agricultural heritage alive. Find the Bradford Grange on Facebook and Meetup.com or send email to bradfordgrange@verizon.net.

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