Kids can learn a bit about history and the Constitution at the Greater Southwest Historical Museum in Ardmore this Saturday.
“We the Kids” is a free event aimed at kids 7 to 12 slated to run from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. September 16. Local chapters of the Children of the American Colonists, the Children of the Revolution, the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Daughters of the American Colonists are working together to stage the event.
“It’s an introduction to Constitution Week,” DAR member Nelda Keck said. “We’ll cover the period of colonists, the Constitution and different American symbols.”
Dana Pruitt Boyd, who is state regent for the Oklahoma Daughters of the American Colonists and Ardmore Daughters of the American Revolution, will present on Saturday as well as at area schools alongside Carole Martin, Lorna Holloway, Royce Groeschel, Nell Truitt and Rheta Schuerhoff.
“They love seeing us come into the classroom and we engage them by having one of them lead the pledge,” Boyd said. “We have a constitutional tool kit for the students, we prepare copies of the preamble to the constitution, the Constitution itself, the bill of rights and we give them a bookmark with the Pledge of Allegiance on it.”
To become a member of the Daughters of the American Colonists, a person needs to be able to trace their lineage back to an ancestor who fought in the American Revolution.
“We have different colonial history programs that we present to them,” Boyd said. “As a regent, one of the things I do is tell them a little bit about my ancestor and his service in the Revolutionary War and each one of us can tell them what our ancestors’ position was in the war.”
The presentation will also include a line-by-line breakdown of the preamble, explained for kids. Keck said this event will hopefully help kickstart a children’s club called The “Reach for the Stars” patriot club.
“I thought it was beautifully presented on their level, so they can understand what it all means,” Keck said.