LIMA — What do the creation of Welch’s Grape Juice, the first laying of a transatlantic telegraph cable and the release of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” have in common?
They all happened in the 1860s — the focus of the Allen County Museum’s next program.
The museum schoolhouse, general store and garden will be transformed into Life in the 1860s. Guests can participate in a lesson and write an assignment with the instruments of the day, learn about gardening from the era and experience Victorian-era clothing.
A Civil War re-enactor will also be on hand to discuss life during the war throughout the 1860s.
“We can’t make it exactly how it was in the 1860s but we can give you an idea of what it might have been like to live back then,” said Sarah Rish, curator of education at the museum. “I like to do stuff like this because you can read about it in a book, but when you actually get to experience it, it means a lot more … we’re bringing history to life.”
Rish said the general store will include products found in the 1860s, including Welch’s Grape Juice. Some will even be marked with prices from back then.
“It’s fun when you don’t realize something you drink or eat all the time has been around that long,” she explained.
Other events include butter churning, an Underground Railroad station, tin punching, paper quilting and other crafts from the decade.
The museum has been picking a specific time period to bring to life each year since 2013. Last year’s exhibit focused on Colonial Times.
Reach Tara Jones at 567-242-0511.