The idea of home is transcendent. We have one, real or imaginary. With the central theme of home in mind, the Museum of the Grand Prairie in Mahomet, Illinois is excited to unveil a new exhibit titled Frieda Mumm’s Discovering Home. Formerly known as the Children’s Discovery Area in the museum lower level, nearly all of this newly renovated exhibit space will be hands-on and interactive. Though people’s homes may be very different, the basic ideas of place, purpose, family, and familiarity are the same. The place we travel away from and return to is our home. It is the place we communicate with when not there. Though very different, we can see similarities in the homes of settlers moving into Illinois from the east, and the native peoples already living here. These similarities extend all the way to the places we call home today.
Visitors of all ages will explore the idea of home by discovering the homes of settlers and native peoples through interactive play and interpretation. With this exhibit, all patrons will be encouraged to build connections with homes from the past as well as find similarities and common elements with the places they call home today.
Please join us for the Grand Opening of this exhibit on Saturday, May 18th from 1-4 p.m. Be some of the first public visitors to view Discovering Home and participate in many hands-on activities during this opening event. Activities will include tales of home told by a professional storyteller, old-fashioned household chores with a historical twist, see and touch a real live horse and buggy from Merrybeth Farm Carriage Services, create arts & crafts centered on the idea of home, and many more! This program is FREE (no registration required) and open to visitors of all ages. For more info on this event please contact Pat Cain (217) 586-2612 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to see you there!
The Museum of the Grand Prairie, 950 North Lombard, Mahomet, Illinois is located within Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve and is a facility of the Champaign County Forest Preserve District. It is free to the public and open every day from 1 to 5 pm from March 1 to December 31. During the summer, hours are extended Monday through Saturday 10 am-5 pm and Sunday hours remain 1-5 pm.
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950 N. Lombard St.
Mahomet, IL 61853
(217) 586-2612 PHONE