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Wednesday, May 09, 2012


Modern moms can learn about 19th-century parenting for free on Mother’s Day at Old Sturbridge Village.

In addition, the first 200 moms to arrive will receive either a free cookie cutter or flowerpot, both made at the Village. If you do not want to anger your mother, keep in mind that Mother’s Day is May 13th, and if you take her to Old Sturbridge Village, you can both enjoy a variety of fun and educational activities.

Highlights of the event will include a “Moms vs Kids” tug of war contest, a scavenger hunt centered on 1830s childcare, and a variety of craft making opportunities for children.

Interpreters portraying 19th-century domestic advice author Lydia Marie Child and 1830s midwife Lucy Tucker will educate modern moms on parenting and childbirth in their days. Members of the “Maternal Association” will tell mothers of the challenges and joys of raising children in early New England. Sewing and knitting will also be on display, as shown by Old Sturbridge Village historians.

Those historians say that 19th-century mothers were essentially household managers, and that children were an integral part of their workforce. Modern kids can learn just how good they have it as they hear about the responsibilities held by children in the 19th-century, including gathering firewood, weeding the garden, picking apples and mucking out animal stalls.

Old Sturbridge Village will operate under its normal hours of 9:30 am to 5 pm on Mother’s Day, and admission for non-mothers is $24 for adults, $22 for seniors, $8 for children three and up, and free for children under three. 


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