Kids Experience the 1940s
This year's Children's History Camp theme is "'40s on the Home Front." It gave kids hands-on experience living in the '40s by putting them in the shoes of those surviving during World War II.
"We just decided that for kids to be interested in history long-term, that we needed to give them a way to touch and feel and smell and really experience it first-hand," Dana Keller, director of the Audrain County Historical Museum, said.
To get this first-hand experience, kids are using old tools to make and cook things, and have to face food rationing.
"We made some pancakes that had no sugar in them at all, and the kids liked them. And we had a stew that had no meat in it, that required a rationing stamp, because our family was out of them, we pretend," Jackie Cook, the camp cooking teacher, said.
Camp counselors and employees said the existence of the historical society depends on this generation developing a passion for history. Since Flag Day fell during the camp this week, each kid got a mini-flag and had lunch with some local veterans.
"First thing I did this morning was went outside and hung my flag up. It brings back old memories from back in the day, in World War II," Val Eikel, a WWII veteran who visited the camp, said.
Also as part of history camp and Flag Day, residents of Audrain County brought in framed photographs of friends and family members that were veterans in WWII. The pictures will be on display in the historical society for the rest of June. The kid's enthusiasm encouraged the veterans. They hope the kids keep an interest in history and pass on the war stories they learned this week.