Exploring the Frontier
February 2019 through April 2019
The Arkansas Frontier brings the European exploration and settlement of Arkansas alive for visitors with multiple hands-on exhibits—that will engage in math- and engineering-based competitions that are fun for the whole family.
Kids role-play as they plan their own expedition into the Arkansas wilderness. Assuming the imaginary guise of a farmer, a trapper, or a traveler, they buy supplies at a Trading Post with a ration of 40 coins; “shoot” wild game within a period-design bean bag toss (Try Your Luck); and spin the Wheel of Fate to “win” one of twelve good (or bad) fortunes taken from actual journals of early explorers in this region. Visitors can explore the workings of a gear-driven odometer powered by an authentic replica of a covered wagon wheel.
Toddlers can play inside a life-size replica of the 17th-century canoe dug up at Toltec Archaeological Site in central Arkansas, push buttons to match songs and calls together with animals essential to life and sustainability in the early Arkansas wilderness, and dress in period-style clothing: great photo ops for parents and grandparents! The weary can sit and watch “Arkansas History Through a Child’s Eyes,” illustrated with artwork created by children in Northeast Arkansas.
Exhibit is from the Museum of Discovery in Little Rock, AR. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Library Foundation.
Exhibits are open during regular Library hours and are offered at no charge thanks to generous sponsors. To arrange for a school or group visit, please contact Jennifer Veloria-Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 870-580-0987 ext.2991.
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