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     On Thursday, July 13th from 8:45 am to 11:45 am, a morning of children's chores will give 8 to 11 year olds a chance to experience the summer joys of farm life from 160 years ago at Garfield Farm Museum.
      Raking hay cut with a scythe to feed Duke and Doc, the museum's Devon oxen, is a big hit with youngsters. A chance to gather and bundle wheat and build a shock will be offered. Feeding the pigs, chickens, turkeys and geese and putting the sheep out to pasture rate almost as highly as making griddle pancakes with maple syrup to feed these young farmhands after chores are done.
      This is the second of 3 mornings offered in 2006. A third session will be held on August 3rd. Reservations are required for the morning. There is a $30 fee which includes tours of the 1840s farmyard, a snack and refreshments. Patty Kennedy, museum educator, has put together the program. She has had experience at Naper Settlement of Naperville and Volkening Farm in Schaumburg. Thomas Hillier, assistant site manager and volunteer Jeff Glaser of Batavia, will assist with the program.
      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. 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.

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