Catonsville park to host living history day

January 6, 2014 by  

Families from the Catonsville area are invited to spend a day at an important local site and work on a fun, educational craft project.

This weekend, the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum will be hosting the ‘Build a Banneker Cabin’ event. A printing company may be designing promotional flyers for this occasion.

Banneker was an African-American surveyor, scientist, farmer, and almanac author who lived during the 18th and early 19th Centuries. The park, which is located on his former property, contains a full-sized replica of the cabin in which he lived and worked. During the event, tour guides dressed in period costume will lead parents and children through the structure, pointing out the historically significant items within its walls as they discuss Banneker’s life and accomplishments.

Following the tour, attendees will create their own model log cabins using pretzels and other edible materials. Children aged five and older will be welcome to participate in the construction process. Visitors will be encouraged to arrive at the park with their own boxes so that they can easily transport their projects home.

The cost will be $5 per log cabin. Those who plan to attend the January 11 event will need to register in advance. Payment will be required at the time of registration. Prospective participants may send a check to the park or call in to pay their fees via credit or debit card.

The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum is located at 300 Oella Avenue. Its office number is (410) 887-1081.