"I love to specially share with the kids how fortunate they are to live in this era," Chartier said. "The children in past times had a very hard and busy life, even reading was a privilege since they spent all their time working, I mean who had time to read?"
Along with Chartier, many other performers, staff and volunteers dressed as historical characters to showcase the many exhibits at
"We encourage everyone to come out and take time to linger and ask lots of questions," he said. "We are even letting people touch things which we usually wouldn't and experience things that aren't normally here."
The opening weekend celebrates the pioneer and frontier history befoare 1866 and the historical period known as the centennial decade -- hence the museum's name. The museum showcases the buildings from the 1867-76 era. There are plains Indians interpretors answering questions who are experts in the culture of those Indians.
Children had the opportunity to learn how to march in a Civil War encampment and historical food samples were offered to attendees, along with rides in a stagecoach, carriage and on horseback, among many other activities.
"We are enjoying it very much," Graff said. "It's very interesting to learn how people used to live in the past and listen to the stories the performers share."
More than 30 living history exhibits showcase the way of life in the urban west during the first quarter of the 20th century, including the experience of many immigrants.
"People get to see life as it was before
A heritage that was shaped by immigrants similar to the Bolin family who were second generation Swedish-Americans.
Chartier said the family worked hard to maintain a home in the prairie where they had to deal with issues such as bed bugs and a harsh climate to persevere their home.
"I love sharing these stories, volunteering here is great and I think everyone should come and visit us so they learn about
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