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Chesterfield Museum and Historic 1892 Jail

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 MUSEUM OPEN :Wednesdays 10am-4pm & Saturdays 10am-2pm

The Chesterfield County Museum and the Historic 1892 Jail, closed since March 2020, have reopened to the public. Both museums are located on Mimms Loop on the Courthouse Green at the Chesterfield Government Center. All programs and are free but reservations are required. Space is limited. Participants must follow social distancing guidelines, face masks are required and enhanced cleaning standards in place. For details or to reserve a seat for any program call Pat Roble, 768-7311. Register for all programs one week in advance.   Saturdays, 11 a.m

CHESTERFIELD    COUNTY    MUSEUM   PROGRAMS

May 15  - History of Heirloom Herbs:  Explore the historical uses and folklore of herbs that have been used as air freshener, insect repellent, medicinal and culinary uses. Discover how herbs were an important part of life for centuries and in different cultures. Participants will have an opportunity to experience different herbs and make an herbal sachet.  

June 12 - America’s Doughboys and the National Pastime in the Great War: This presentation by Alexander Barnes, Command Historian with the Virginia National Guard, recounts the story of how baseball played an important role in entertaining the troops during WWI.  Playing wherever they could find enough room to throw a ball, the Doughboys brought the game with them into the front lines and then into the occupation of Germany. Sharing their military service, in combat and on the baseball diamond, were a number of famous professional ball players, managers, lawyers, politicians, and even an umpire.

 

July10 - Apples to Appleseed: How Cider and John Chapman Shaped the Early Frontier : This lecture will explore a brief history of the apple and apple cider, and dive into the history behind Johnny Appleseed. Attendees will learn about the origins of the apple, its unique contribution to English North American culture and development, and how Johnny Appleseed (John Chapman) sprouted from his roots in a modest New England family to grow into to one of the greatest legends our country has ever known.

 August 7 - Toys and Games of the Past:  Drop in anytime between 11a.m. and 1p.m.  All ages are invited to have fun and learn about traditional children’s playthings such as Jacob’s ladder, knucklebones and quoits.  Test your skill with the cup and ball, attempt to knock over all nine pins in a game of “skittles”. Make a whirligig toy to take home. This fun-filled family event will also present the history behind some toys and games of long ago.

 

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