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Goodbye stuffy, boring museum. History is coming alive in Johnson County.

At a history-themed camp, youngsters can learn to play a dulcimer or make a bonnet. They can tour a log cabin that was home to an affluent pioneer family in Franklin or try on clothing a child in the Victorian era would have worn.

Staff at the Johnson County Museum of History are trying to show a new generation of kids that history is relevant and fun.

With an aging membership at the museum and with the challenge of making sure residents know that the museum even exists, programming, special events and displays are being designed with a younger crowd in mind, museum director Brenna Cundiff said.

“Kids learn better if they are participating, “ she said. “We don’t want to be a stodgy old museum.”

First, families have to know that the museum exists and is available, she said.


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