Thomasville Times Enterprise

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May 15, 2014

Ready to ‘make history?’

THOMASVILLE — The Thomas County Historical Society’s summer children and family programs kick off Saturday with “Make History at the Museum,” from 10 a.m.-noon at the Lapham-Patterson House.

Children are encouraged to let their imagination’s take flight at the as they explore force and motion.

“Make History at the Museum” engages creativity and curiosity while exploring the community’s past. “Float, Fly & Glide” family activities include constructing wind cars, tossing paper airplanes, creating and racing balloon rockets, viewing a model hot air balloon launch and making giant bubbles.

The Lapham-Patterson House will open for tours at 1 p.m. on Saturday to accommodate the morning’s program.

Inspired by popular summer camp programs, “Make History at the Museum” activities are hands-on and history-based. Fees include all materials. Admission for adults costs $5. The fee is $3 for children over 6 and those under 6 can participate for free.

In June, the society will present two summer camps for rising third through sixth graders. The Thomas County Museum of History’s annual “Time Travelers Club History Camp” will be held June 2-6 from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Registration is under way. Members of the Society receive a discounted registration fee. Each day campers travel through time to experience life in Thomas County. The journey will culminate on in a camper-written play.

Activities include pottery instruction from a local artist, basket weaving, cooking over a fire in the Log House, pioneer games, a Civil War re-enactor, tie dye, ice-cream churning, bowling in the 1896 alley in the museum backyard and more.

The Lapham-Patterson House’s “Victorian Thomasville Camp” will return for the second year on June 24-26. Registration at the Thomas County Historical Society has begun and members of the Historical Society receive discounted registration.

Campers will be able to explore the historic Lapham-Patterson House, play traditional Victorian games, learn about crafts and art made popular in the era, as well as try their hand at soap-making, croquet and more. Once again, campers will construct and launch their own hot air balloon in the backyard. The camp has limited space, so register early.

For more information on “Make History” and the summer camp programs, visit or call (229) 226-7664.


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