Children’s Day brings old ways of agriculture to life

Published 2:00 am Thursday, July 9, 2015

The Pioneer Museum of Alabama will teach children about farming in the 1900s during Children’s Day on July 18.

Participants will learn about the tools and practices used by pioneer era farms. They also will participate in arts and crafts activities.

“Our mission is to preserve the past so that future generations can learn and enjoy from it,” said Alexandra Hackworth, program director at The Pioneer Museum. “We are so blessed today so that we can go to the store and buy produce, but how many kids have gone through the process and understand the work?”

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The museum is partnering with the Pike County 4-H Youth Development, which could bring animals used in the old ways of agriculture to the program.

“This is something more related to the area, the rural south and the southeast heritage,” Hackworth said. “We wanted to highlight the history of the area.”

The children will be able to see gardens at the museum’s Demonstration Cabin as well as take a tour of the agriculture wing to learn more about farming tools and techniques.

Hackworth said the event is family-based. Activities are scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. on July 18 and the cost is $12 per person.

“If anyone is interested, we would love to have them call ahead so that we may be able to get all the supplies that are needed,” Hackworth said.