I just posted the instructions and supplies for these cute reindeer candy canes, on my What's in the Box? blog. Thought I would let ya know in case you are looking for a simple, fun project to do this season.
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Friday, December 9, 2011
We went to the state capital (Lansing) yesterday to tour the capitol building and visit the Michigan Historical Museum, as a part of our Michigan state history study. It is a beautiful building! We took a self-guided tour but did listen in when the docent was talking to a group of elementary students (about the House of Representatives), saw the Senate in session (thankfully, they were done near the end of our tour so we could sit in the public viewing area and take pictures of that area) all the while learning about the history of this particular building. We've been to Lansing on several occasions but never had the time to squeeze a visit in. For anyone in Michigan, I highly recommend making the trip to tour it.
This sits right by the entrance to the main part of the museum.
The museum has a traveling display on the Civil War there (right now anyhoo) and that was a fun room to explore. They has a telegraph machine pinging and on a computer screen you could read what it was saying. It was dark in there so I didn't get many pictures and I had to have the camera on museum mode, which means they can be somewhat blurry...bummer-but hey it is the experience, not the pictures we are there for...
Kind of a neat wall mural there...the drum in the case is obviously from the war, very beat up and yet-when you figure someone carried that into battle-amazing and sobering.
They had a tent set up with little folding chairs and canteens for the kids to play with-some coats/hats too but my children are too old for that-but I am sure the younger visitors love that part.
They also had many flags (that I found out after reading the literature we got from the capitol building tour) that were from the Civil War here (originally they were kept in cases in that circle area of the capitol building where you start your tour)-very humbling to see these too.
Had to have them in sealed rooms and no flashes were allowed so as not to further deteriorate them.
This is a funny one-it is in the area where they talk about law making or something (we are terrible at reading the info signs) and so when across the room from this display-it looks like the dude has wings! But in reality-that is an eagle statue behind him-crazy huh? The kids were digging this. I will have to check the literature to see what this display was for.
They have an area that looks like you're heading into the copper mines-way cool (but extremely dark) and then you come into an area with all sorts of tools/mini house section to highlight what a home would be like, then you can go upstairs to a schoolroom and mini-house of the early 20th Century. There were too many folks in there to take pics, but it is awesome. We've been at least 2x before-each time is fun and again-I highly recommend it-especially if you are doing a Michigan history study. There is a small fee now to go thru, but it is not too bad.
We wrapped up our visit to Lansing by stopping in a local Zoup restaurant. The Tomato Basil Bisque (I think that was its name) was delish-the sandwich not so much-but it was food and we were hungry after all that walking and touring.
I should note here that I am currently reviewing for HEF review team, the State History from a Christian Perspective from A Helping Hand. It is a great program. I am really impressed with it. Sis is doing the upper level material and Bud is working through the Funbook. I can't wait to share my thoughts on that soon. In the meantime, you can find them here: State History from a Christian Perspective (I also have their 50 States Under God 3-12 and 3yrs-3rd and their Geography program to review!) I will be sure to let you know when it posts.