Children invited to learn about games played during Civil War
Friday, November 15, 2013 4:09 AM
OTTAWA - Did you ever wonder what games children played during the Civil War? Would you like your children or grandchildren to have a hands-on experience playing these games?
This Saturday, Nov. 16, Ruth Wilhelm will provide a program on the children's games played during the Civil War period at the Putnam County Library in Ottawa. The program will begin at 1 p.m. and the public is invited to attend.
In addition to playing with toys such as jacks, marbles, and wooden hoops, the children will be given the opportunity to make a toy.
During Civil War times jacks had started as a game called knuckles played with the bones of animals. Jacks then came into existence and were played with small six-pronged objects called jackstones or jacks.
A wooden or metal hoop also provided hours of fun as boys and girls raced their hoops across the school year. In order to keep the hoops upright, children guided them with a stick.
Marbles were made of stone, pottery, clay, or china. Some had colorful swirls or strange designs. Children who had no marbles used musket balls, nuts, or hard berries to play instead.
Find out more this Saturday during the special Civil War presentation for children.
The Putnam County District Library continues to host the Ohio Historical Society's new traveling exhibit, Ohio and the Civil War: 150 Years Later to commemorate the anniversary of the Civil War. This exhibit is sponsored by the Ohio Historical Society in partnership with the Ohio Humanities Council and American Electric Power.
The traveling exhibit explores Ohio's participation in the war and focuses especially on individuals' choices that impacted local communities and the course of the war. Three themes-Democracy, Transformations and Memory-are used to reveal Civil War stories that impacted Ohio in the 19th century to the present day. Through the lens of these themes, the exhibit explores topics such as civil rights, political dissent, pacifism, religion and popular culture and reveals patterns in our country's response to such topics throughout history.
Also on display at the library is a wall of names. This includes over 1,500 listed names of Putnam County Civil war veterans.