+++++++My mom is here for a few more days. Today we took her on a Friday Field Trip with us to the Historic Arkansas Museum. I'm embarrassed to admit I've lived in Little Rock for so long and this was our first visit. This museum was chosen because I thought Mom would enjoy the Gone With the Wind exhibit, which is only there until April 30, and is worth the time to see.
A few things stand out about this museum:
1. The admission fee was reasonable ($6 total for 2 adults and 2 children. A part of today's math lesson was for JI to figure out how much money I need to take to pay for admission.)
2. Yesterday I called and said, "I homeschool and have never been to your museum, when should I come?" I found out the museum is trying something new: docents in costume on Fridays in January (the days will change in March - so call to ask.) Having people in costume to give tours was a huge benefit to keep our attention!
3. We were there about 2 hours; if we'd been able to get out of the house before 10:30 I think we could have stayed longer. I packed snacks but little children get hungry and cranky past noon regardless.
Our tour started with the blacksmith shop.
Diary of an Early American Boy. (A must read boy book, by the way.) The orange shirted man also told me of author Brinton Turkle and said I should check out some of his Obadiah books for John Isaac. Anyone read them?
Next we visited other houses on the grounds of the museum.
collection of Bowie knives (this kind of knife originated in Arkansas.) Wikipedia says, "it's not a single design but a series of knives improved several times by Jim Bowie." And wow - what a character that man was.
The bowie knife collection was viewed about 12:15 and it was really time for us to leave the museum. I think we will return again another day.