How does the Greenwich Historical Society teach today’s children the skills of yesterday? One class at a time.

Greenwich – This week, eight kids learned how to stir butter, weave and make lanterns, as they imagine what it was like to live like the Bush and Holly families in the 18th and 19th centuries.

However, this did not prevent most of them from appreciating the advantages of the twenty-first century.

“I need the technology,” said Porter Harrison, 7. “I like technology a lot. Like, you can watch TV.”

The Greenwich Historical Society led their hands-on lesson on the ownership of the Bush Holly home as part of the nonprofit Junior History Camp, which integrates colonial crafts and activities with history lessons. The Greenwich Historical Society also runs an art camp for grades 2-4 and a history and art camp for grades 5-8 in the summer.

“I think by having them do activities that are really similar to times past, they will remember the lives of the[Bush and Holly]families a little better and they will be better able to empathize with them better,” Bella Ferrante, camp coach and historical society lecturer said.

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