Rushville Republican

July 9, 2013

Children's Day at Gowdy House Museum

July 20, free admission

Rushville Republican

---- — The Rush County Historical Society has announced plans for its annual Children’s Day at the Gowdy House Museum, located at 619 North Perkins Street, Rushville. The event will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, rain or shine.

Plan to bring your children out for a fun and educational day at the local museum. Not to mention it’s free! The children will be able to play games, wash clothes with a washboard, beat rugs, mow the grass, see a real blacksmith, and much more!

Outside activities for children of all ages include, but are not limited to, cleaning a rug with a hand beater, using an old-fashioned tread mill to mechanically pump water from the backyard pump, washing clothes in a tub with a washboard and hanging them on the clothes line to dry, and mowing the lawn with a man-powered push mower.

There will also be games played by pioneer children in which to participate. Inside activities include dipping candles, grinding coffee by hand, grinding corn between two stones, and face painting.

The museum’s main building, as well as the Carriage House and the Wash House, will be open to the public at no charge.

Many improvements to displays and the facilities have been made in both the main house and the Carriage house, so plan to browse as well as join in the fun by participating in the hands-on activities.

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