© Herald photo by Jodi Schellenberg
Students listen to one of the demonstrations about flint making and arrows at the museum’s Culture Days on Friday.
They were learning not only about the past, but also given new appreciation for modern times.
About 80 students from the schools in Prince Albert headed down to the Prince Albert Historical Museum on Friday throughout the morning and afternoon for Culture Days.
“It is hands-on activities,” curator Linda Carter said. “We have book making, flint making and they get to watch the demonstration of how socks used to be knit 100 years ago. It is all hands-on activities that celebrate our past for Culture Days.”
After the demonstrations, the children were able to participate in a scavenger hunt around the museum.
“We have a scavenger hunt, that slows them down and really forces them to look at what is in the museum and ask questions,” Carter said.
Learning about the past and culture is important for the younger generation, she said.
“It gives them an appreciation for our past,” Carter said. “They are often in awe of how things are done and would have never thought that someone once made books. They would think that was done in a factory or a big industry. It is a bit of an appreciation of the effort that went into things in the past.”
Not only does it give children an appreciation for the past, but also their own lives, Carter said.
“It gives them a sense of the past, comparing life with today and get a full appreciation of it,” Carter said.
Normally the museum is not open at this time of year, but Carter said they opened it for Friday and Saturday to celebrate the province’s Culture Days.
“It is a celebration of Culture Days,” Carter said. “(Saturday) it is the same, but with families and the general public.”