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     Calling all children ages eight to eleven to come to Garfield Farm Museum on Thursday, June 15th, 8:45 am to 11:45 am, to learn and have fun with children's farm chores of old!  Beginning bright and early, children will get to experience 1840s life on the prairie.  They will learn basic farm chores such as feeding the farm animals and gathering eggs.  They will also get a chance help prepare and cook a historic corn bread like snack and learn some old-fashioned games. The Children's Morning Chores will also be offered on July 13th and August 3rd.
     Children were a big asset to their parents before and throughout the 19th century.  Since most Americans lived on farms, everyone both young and old, were needed to help with daily chores and farm operations.  It was not until the late 19th century that children begin to have more of the childhood we know and understand today.  With the industrial revolution came more machines to do the jobs and chores that family members and hired farm help did previously in the century.  Also, more people began moving to the cities during the second half of the 19th century.  Jobs began to open up in cities in the form of factory work and other big industry work.
 Families could make steady money in the cities as apposed to farming in the country.  As a result children's lives became more regimented with attending school.  They also were no longer needed to help with farm operations and could have more time to have fun and play.  
     Today it is hard to imagine the life of a child in the 1840s but with the help of Garfield Farm Museum it is possible to get a glimpse of the different life they lead.  Garfield Farm Museum is located 5 miles west of Geneva, IL, off of Illinois Rt. 38 on Garfield Road. Garfield Farm is a former historically intact 1840s prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is being restored as a working 1840s farm.  
     Reservations are required for 1840s Children?s Morning Chores and cost is $30.  Snack and refreshment included. For other class information or to R.S.V.P. please contact (630) 584-8485 or email at
 Space is limited, please respond promptly.

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