October 23rd, 2013
Have you ever considered how you would have designed the nation’s first flag had you lived during the American Revolution, or wondered what life is like in the White House for the president and his family?Here’s your chance. Kids will create their own flags and hear stories about life in the presidential mansion Tuesday, Nov. 5, during an Election Day Workshop at WHS.
The program for ages 5 to 10 will also include electoral games, presidential dramas, stories about family life in the White House and even the making of a voting booth.
The first flags were produced after the Continental Congress approved a Flag Resolution in 1777. Enacted a year after the colonies declared their independence, the resolution stipulated only that the flag contain 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 white stars on a blue field. It did not say how the stars should be arranged or the number of points they should have. One early version, the so-called Betsy Ross flag, had the stars in a circle pointing outward.
So let’s see what you can come up with. The workshop will be given by Elizabeth DeVoll, the WHS’ education director, who will help the kids design and sew their own fabric flags.
Jane O’Connor’s book “If The Walls Could Talk” will be used to learn about the quirks of some of our past presidents and how their families lived in the White House.
Kids will bring their own lunches, but they’ll help bake and decorate their own red, white and blue cupcakes.
The workshop runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Members $45, Non- Members: $50, Call 203-222-1424 for reservations.