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Eagle Archive: Historical Society turns to older generations for children's programs

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By Kevin Dayhoff, kevindayhoff@gmail.com

December 2, 2012

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The Historical Society of Carroll County held its 73rd annual meeting at the end of last month, at the historic Inn at Roop's Mill in Westminster.

This year, about 120 folks from all over the county attended the meeting, sponsored in part by New Windsor State Bank.

Carroll residents from all walks of life gathered to celebrate our county's history, heritage and friendships and hear speaker Wendy Raith, give a hands-on presentation on the popular children's series at the HSCC, "Past Times for Children."

Carroll County has changed a great deal over the past several decades. With these changes comes an increasing importance to remember the qualities that strike to the core essence of our county — where do we come from, why we are here, and where are we going.

In part, these answers have been preserved by the HSCC through a cornucopia of thoughtful, well-researched programs created by a dedicated staff and legions of volunteers, including Raith.

The Past Times program is held the third Saturday of every month from 10 to 11:15 a.m. at Koontz-Yingling Learning Center, which is at Cockey's at 216 E. Main St. on the historical society campus in Westminster.

In the program, "Children 4 to 7 years old will discover what it was like to live in Carroll County in the 1800s," Raith said.

"I believe in order to remember what you learned about history, you need to experience it in some way. At least, that is how it helps me and I know it would help younger children… I want them to have an "ah ha" moment … to realize they like history without even knowing its history."

"When creating the topics, I only had to think of Carroll County — mills, rural free post office, trains, quarries ... life on a farm, chores, animals, etc. and the list goes on," she wrote in a recent e-mail.

A few of the future topics include "Food and Canning," "Doctors and Medicine" and "Small Towns in Carroll County."

Thanks to volunteers like Raith and many others, the study of Carroll County's history is much more than looking at physical buildings, documents, and memorizing dates. You can look up a date on the Internet but you can't Google the pride and heritage of who we are as Carroll countians.

A quick look under the "Calendar of Events" tab on the Historical Society website, hscc.carr.org, reveals the next children's program will be on "the various limestone quarries in the area. ... The children will explore a quarry by building their own using rocks, stones, and trucks…"

For more information on the Past Times schedule or the monthly Box Lunch Talks, visit the website or call the historical society at 410-848-6494.

When he is not looking for his favorite toy truck to take to the next Past Times program, Kevin Dayhoff may be reached at kevindayhoff@gmail.com