Home School Day at Museum in Batesville

Old Independence Regional Museum invites area home school students to participate in our Fall Home School Day on Monday, October 12, 9 a.m. – Noon. In the early days of our county, fall was a time to get the work done before winter came. After the work was done it was time to celebrate before the long months of the winter, when cabin fever set in.

Candle making was a necessary chore in the fall. As the days became shorter candles were needed to provide light in the dark corners of homes. Participants in this program will make a hand-dipped, beeswax candle. “I think they will be surprised to see how long it takes for layer upon layer of wax to finally make a candle,” states Amanda Nikkel, education coordinator.

Barn dances were a celebration of the harvest, the completion of a year’s worth of hard work. It also provided an opportunity to see friends and neighbors before winter, when travel became more difficult. A caller was always on hand to give direction to the dancers. Local square dancing group, The Melon Town Jubilees, along with a caller from Bradford and square dancers from Judsonia and Heber Springs, will be here teaching the basics of square dancing. They guarantee that you will be dancing before you leave for the day!

Other activities will include cheese making, a chore relay race, quill pen writing, and toy marble making. A small snack will be provided during the cheese making demonstration. The cost for this program is $5.00 per participant and space is limited to 100 participants. Pre-registration is required by October 7, 2009 and payment is due on the day of the program.

Old Independence serves a 12-county area: Baxter, Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Marion, Poinsett, Sharp, Stone, White, and Woodruff. Parts of these present-day counties comprised the original Independence County in 1820s Arkansas territory.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and from 1:30 to 4 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for seniors and $1.00 for children. The museum is located at 380 South 9th street, between Boswell and Vine Streets in Batesville. During your visit, stop by our gift shop. We stock many items from local artists, authors, and crafters, as well as historical toys and games.