Euharlee History Museum brings the past alive at day camps
by Cheree Dye
Jun 21, 2014 | 1267 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Euharlee History Museum will give local youth a firsthand look at the life of a Civil War soldier at the Civil War Day Camp on June 23 and 24. Children ages 8 to 11 will learn about Civil War medicine, life on the homefront in Euharlee, and the effect of Sherman’s March to the Sea, which moved through the city 150 years ago.

Katie Gobbi, director of the Euharlee History Museum, said, the museum will hold summer day camps in June and July to give local children an entertaining and educational day during the summer break.

On July 21 and 22, the Farm Life Day Camp will provide campers with fun, hands-on activities and games to highlight the history of an important part of Euharlee’s past. Children ages 5 to 7 are welcome on Monday, July 21; Tuesday, July 22, is open to children ages 8 to 11.

“Farming has always been an important part of Euharlee’s history and continues to be a vital industry here today. We are still finalizing details for the July Farm Life camp, but campers will get to learn about life on the farm with interactive games and demonstrations — and hopefully with a visit from a farm animal or two,” Gobbi said.

The museum launched the day camp programs last fall but this is the first time camps on the Civil War and the role of farming in the area have been offered.

Barbara Ford, a volunteer at the museum, said, “As a retired educator, I believe that we should all know something historical about the place we call home. When you visit other places or have visitors, you should be able to relate historical facts that make your city special. This gives you a sense of pride in your community.”

Gobbi said when children visit the museum and participate in camp, it is great to see them have the “light bulb” moment as they connect with history. After churning butter at the pioneer camp this spring, the children were excited that they made butter while further appreciating the modern conveniences we have today.

All camps are from 9 a.m. to noon and are in the Granary located at 114 Covered Bridge Road in downtown Euharlee. The cost for the camp is $10 per child. Pre-registration is required.

“Our community’s history plays an important role in our current lives,” Gobbi said. “This is our shared history. Teaching local history helps provide our citizens with an understanding and sense of place that ultimately makes them more engaged in our community. To make history fun and accessible to our local children, we are hoping to enrich their lives while helping to create a stronger community for the future.”

Located next to the historic covered bridge, the museum opened in 1997 and exhibits the unique history and heritage of Euharlee and the surrounding area. Artifacts and displays highlight the Native American, agricultural and community history.

The museum is open Wednesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1-5 p.m.

For more information or to register, call 770-607-2017 or email kodom@euharlee.com.