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Hands-On History Day offers look at life in the 1800s

Linn County Communications Officer

Linn County Communications.

Individuals of all ages will have a chance to learn about life in the mid-valley in the 1800s during the third “Hands-On History Day” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Linn County Museum, 101 Park Ave., Brownsville.

There will be many opportunities to learn how to make corn husk dolls, dip candles, make cordage and press cider among many other events.

Take a wagon ride or learn how to pan for gold or use a pedal-powered lathe to turn wooden bowls.

There will be live music provided by The Crazed Weasels and the Antiquity String Band. 

Firelight Stories will tell Oregon Trail stories from noon until 2 p.m.

Kalapuya elder Esther Stutzman will be speak to small groups about her tribe’s language at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Kirk Room of the Brownsville Public Library.

All other activities will be at the museum grounds and are free, although there will be items available for purchase.

“Most activities are participatory and very hands-on,” said organizer Wendolyn Molk.

Hands-On History began with a $1,000 grant from the Linn County Cultural Coalition and has since been strongly supported by Randy Tripp.

More information can be found on Facebook at Linn County Historical Museum.

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