Easter Week Family Activities

natural dyes from plants such as cabbage, onions, beets were often used to dye eggs

Natural dyes from plants such as cabbage, onions, beets were often used to dye eggs

Did you know that you should get your hair cut on Good Friday to prevent toothaches? That’s just one of the many superstitions held by early frontier migrants and their ancestors.  Come experience Easter traditions of the past beginning this Thursday (March 24) and continuing through Easter Sunday.  There will be fun and educational activities for the entire family throughout the Museum from 9 am until 5 pm every day.

General admission prices apply and as always, an annual pass is the best way to experience the wide variety of Easter activities over several days!

Things Not To Miss!

Maundy Thursday (3/24)

  • GERMAN FARM
    • Various superstitions regarding eggs laid on this day will be discussed
    • Soup made from 7 different greens will be prepared.  Learn about “Green Thursday” and the custom of eating fresh greens on this day.
  • ENGLISH FARM
    • Traditions include “Clean Thursday”, “Shear Thursday
    • Kids of all ages (you too mom & dad) will play games such as marbles, skipping, jump rope.
    • Traditional egg dyeing… it’s a lot more complicated than you think!
  • 1820 and 1850 AMERICAN FARM
    • Superstitions about Maundy Thursday originating in the Old World and brought to America will be discussed.
    • Cabbage seed will be planted (weather permitting).
    • A salad consisting of 9 different greens will be made. Learn about “Green Thursday” and the custom of eating fresh greens on this day (1850).
    • Traditional egg dyeing (1820).
Hot_cross_bun

Distinctive Traditional Hot Cross Buns

Good Friday (3/25)

  • GERMAN FARM
    • Learn about the significance of Good Friday: Karfreitag (lament Friday), Stiller Frietag (quiet Friday); as well church service on this day as most solemn religious feast of the year.
    • Work taboos (such as “use no hammer or nails”).
    • Superstitions will be discussed; Did you know hair cut on Good Friday grows back thicker?
  • ENGLISH FARM
    • Come Play games only until NOON! (marbles, tipcat, etc)
    • Help cook pork for Easter Sunday
    • The tradition of fasting will be discussed.
  • 1820 and 1850 AMERICAN FARM
    • Interpreters will discuss work taboos about cleaning, sewing, unnecessary hard labor/farm work, gardening, and planting… with notable exceptions
    • Traditional egg dyeing (1850).
    • Superstitions regarding eggs laid on this day will be discussed.  Don’t forget to eat hard-boiled eggs on Good Friday to prevent any broken bones during the year, and get your hair cut to prevent toothaches.
The Easter Fire Wheel is celebrated the end of winter and blessed the fields

The Easter Fire Wheel is celebrated the end of winter and blessed the fields

Holy Saturday (3/26)

  • GERMAN FARM
    • Come help mold butter into the shape of a lamb.
    • Discuss the meanings behind the symbols of the egg and rabbit, all of which pre-date Christianity.
    • Stuff a Fire Wheel during the day; the Fire Wheel will be lit at 3:45 pm.
    • Superstitions regarding Easter morning will be discussed.
    • Traditional egg dyeing using red cabbage.
    • Easter Egg hunt at 2:30 and 3:30.
  • ENGLISH FARM
    • Discuss the fable of Easter Hare bringing eggs.
    • Easter Egg hunt at 10:00 and 11:00.
    • See a traditional Easter meal being prepared.
    • Bake hot cross buns and discuss superstitions regarding bread and bread crumbs.
    • Traditional egg dyeing using cochineal.
  • 1820 and 1850 AMERICAN FARM
    • Traditional egg dyeing using greens (1850).
    • Play Games throughout the day (1850).
    • Easter Egg hunt at 10:00 and 11:00.
    • Help (or just watch) Potato planting activities.

Easter Sunday (3/27)

  • GERMAN FARM
    • Come learn about egg superstitions, traditions, and gift-giving beliefs.
    • Learn about the Easter Hare, who leaves colored eggs and sweets in nests.
    • Play games including egg rolling, egg duels, egg eating contests.
  • ENGLISH FARM
    • Discuss the meaning of the Easter Hare,  who brought eggs  that were taken to church to be blessed
    • Traditional egg dyeing!
    • Easter Egg hunt at 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, and 3:00.
    • See a traditional Easter Meal.
    • Discuss Easter traditions such as wearing a new item of clothing to church on Easter Sunday.
    • Play games, especially ball games, throughout the day
  • 1820 and 1850 AMERICAN FARM
    • Discuss the Easter Rabbit who brought eggs to put in a cap or bonnet, and the tradition of taking eggs to church, or eating as many as possible in the morning
    • Easter Egg hunt at 10:00, 11:00, 2:00, and 3:00 (front yard of 1820)
    • Play a game of egg picking (1850)
    • Learn how to make an Oschter-foggel (Easter Bird) decoration of blown dyed egg with 4 holes for head, wings, and tail (1850).

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