Kids Invited To Explore History

The Museums of Oglebay Institute will host Summer History Days Monday through Friday, June 29-July 3. The programs, designed for ages 6-12, take place at the Mansion and Glass Museums, operated by Oglebay Institute and located in Oglebay Park.

Led by Oglebay Institute museum professionals, summer history days introduce children to our rich local history in a fun and interactive way, explained museums director Christin Byrum.

“Using their imaginations, children will travel back in time and get a better understanding of the past as they learn to truly enjoy history and heritage,” Byrum said. “They will also have the opportunity to tour the historic properties and explore our extensive collections.”

Staff members will guide interactive programming focusing on the museums’ collections and exhibits in the morning, including a themed craft or activity, followed by a bag lunch and swimming at the Oglebay Park outdoor pool.

Byrum said each day features a new theme, and the program is “perfect for children visiting Wheeling for summer vacation and for local residents.”

Summer History Days run from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Enrollment is flexible, and children can participate in one, two, three, four or all five days.

Programs are as follows:

  • Monday – History Hunt -Tour the Mansion’s period rooms and find the items that don’t belong.
  • Tuesday – Sensational Silver – Tour the exhibit of silver, make your own silver art piece and have a Victorian tea party.
  • Wednesday – All About Glass – Learn the process of glassblowing with a hands-on tour of The Studio at the Glass Museum.
  • Thursday – Archaeology – Dig into the past and piece history together.
  • Friday – Old Time Toys and Games – Learn about the toys and games that amused generations of Wheeling’s children.

To register a child for the Summer History Days, or for more information, call the Museums of Oglebay Institute, 304-242-7272. There is a fee for the programs. Members of Oglebay Institute receive a discount.