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    March 18 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    Past Times for Children - Schoolyard Games
    96-year-old Warren Dorsey, the grandson of a slave, grew up poor in Sykesville during the 1920s and '30s. Jack White will conduct a casual interview with Warren to discuss his slave grandmother, his parents, and the many challenges he overcame during his struggle to educate himself and escape poverty, as chronicled in Jack's book, In Carrie's Footprints.
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    March 21 - 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
    Box Lunch Talks - Researching Your Civil War Soldier
    During the recent commemoration of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, many Americans discovered an interest in learning about their Civil War ancestors. Genealogist Debra Hoffman explains the resources for researching a Civil War soldier and uses two case studies—one Union and one Confederate—to illustrate the information that can be found.
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    Past Times for Children

    Children 4 to 8 years old will discover what it was like to live in Carroll County in the 1800s.  They will travel back in time to living on farms and in towns through creative activities, songs, stories and crafts. This program focuses on a different topic each month and includes a craft or activity that reinforces the theme.

    Classes are held the 3rd Saturday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. in the Koontz-Yingling Learning Center at Cockey’s, 216 East Main Street in Westminster, MD.

    We suggest children-only during the first portion of the class. Caregivers are invited to join their child for the craft time at the end of the class.

    Caregivers accompanying a child must be 18 years or older and are required to remain in the building. Please let us know of any food restrictions.

    For each class, there is a $6.00 charge which includes materials. Pre-registration is required; registration closes the Monday before the class.

    Click here for a downloadable pdf of the 2017 Past Times for Children.

    Click here for a registration form (PDF).


    “Time Traveler's Suitcase”

    Register and pay in advance for 6 classes at the discount price of $30 and your child will receive a special “Time Traveler’s Suitcase” which includes a surprise gift for your child at each class attended. No refunds but class substitutions may be allowed.

    To keep informed about this and other HSCC events, join HSCC's email list and check HSCC's online calendar for dates and times.


    Past Times for Children was created and is taught by Wendy Raith. Wendy was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. Her first job working with children was as an assistant preschool teacher at the Baltimore Jewish Community Center. She attended the University of Maryland, College Park, where she received a degree in Early Childhood Education.  Her first job after college was with the Baltimore City Public Schools as a Preschool/Kindergarten teacher.  After six years of teaching in Baltimore City, she moved to Carroll County, MD and became active with the Carroll County Public School System.   Since 1986, Wendy has been a substitute teacher, began a Child Study Group in 1989 that still has members interacting with each other, volunteered in the Elementary, Middle and High Schools of Carroll County and is presently teaching Past Times for Children, a children’s history program at the Historical Society of Carroll County. The program is now beginning its 5th year of classes.

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