Cleveland Public Library (CPL) will open the interactive exhibit “Centuries of Childhood: An American Story” on Saturday, January 19, 2013 in Main Library, 325 Superior Ave. in Room 341.
“CPL is happy to be able to bring “Centuries of Childhood” to local children and families,” said Felton Thomas, Director of CPL. “This hands-on exhibit offers youth in our community a unique opportunity to step into another time and learn about history in a fun and interactive setting.”
“Centuries of Childhood” invites children Pre-K-grade 2 to take a trip through history via the first-person accounts of five children, each one representing a different historical period. Displays throughout the exhibit include replicas of artifacts, home settings, and traditional clothing, bringing “Centuries of Childhood” to life.
From the 1700s, an Iroquois girl shares her life, including tool-making and Native American clothing. A colonial boy from the same era tells of his work to become a tradesman, with the children pretending to be apprentices along with him. A young pioneer girl and her family head West during the 1840s in a covered wagon.
A Jewish boy immigrating to Cleveland shares what life is like at home and in his community during the late 19th Century; and a young African-American boy and his family move from the South to Chicago in the 1950s in search of a better life.
Children will pretend to ride a train from the South to Chicago and be a student in the boy’s classroom.
Public exhibit hours begin Saturday, January 19th from 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., with the exhibit running through April 13th. Class visits are free, but require an appointment, and can be scheduled by contacting the Youth Services Department at 216-623-2834.