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Summer Camp: “Tried and True: Teaching Traditions”

July 30, 2013 @ 10:00 am - August 1, 2013 @ 2:00 pm


Why do we have traditions? A lot of what we do has been passed on for generations—how we celebrate holidays and special occasions, how we dress, even how we behave! Traditions are important now, just as they were long ago. It’s fun to learn about them and think about how they became part of our daily life.
The McFaddin-Ward House Summer Camp will teach about Southeast Texas Traditions—and how they connect with today—and with you!

Tuesday July 30 though Thursday, August 1
10 a.m. until 2 p.m daily

Open to 8-12 year olds
Camp Fee: $20 per child
Registration Deadline: July, 24, 2013
The fee includes all camp materials and supplies, and lunch on August 1. Campers must bring their own lunch on July 30 and July 31.

Summer Camp Schedule:

Tuesday, July 30—KEEP IN TOUCH!
Have you ever received a letter in the mail, hand addressed with your name in calligraphy and embellished with a beautiful stamp? Learn about traditional communication from the early twentieth century. Perfect the art of letter writing, learn the Morse code that was used in sending telegraph messages, make your own paper, and type a letter on a typewriter. Receive a pen-pal assignment and experience the fun of keeping in touch the old-fashioned way—by writing and receiving letters by mail!

Wednesday, July 31—THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT!
What did people do for fun before there were iPods, televisions, and video games? Can you imagine gathering around a small radio with your family after dinner to listen to your favorite “show” before bedtime? Learn how kids were entertained—become a radio or movie star, play old-fashioned games, and dance the Rag, the Charleston, and the Big Apple!

Thursday, August 1—YOU’RE INVITED!
You have just received an invitation to a ball and you must fill in your dance card—what to do? Learn how parties were planned “back then” according to important social etiquette—from the way to send an RSVP to proper dress and behavior. Partygoers, hosts, butlers, and maids all followed a set of rules. Help plan a party, send out invitation, set the table, and play the part—from showing off your perfect table manners to properly serving a formal dinner to your distinguished guests.

Contact: (409) 832-1906 for more details.


July 30, 2013 @ 10:00 am
August 1, 2013 @ 2:00 pm


Visitor Center
1906 Calder Avenue
Beaumont, TX 77701 United States
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(409) 832-1906


Judy Linsley
(409) 832-1906