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Fun Activities for Families

If you would like to try some activities that help recreate Lebanon’s past, the Lebanon Historical Society suggests these.  All have been used in our children’s programs, but we do not promise that the hardtack will be tasty or that your quill pen sill be easy to use.  History is fun but challenging.education

Making hardtack (a food soldiers ate at Valley Forge in 1777)
-add enough water to make a soft dough
-knead dough for 10 minutes until elastic
-roll dough to a ½-inch thickness
-cut with biscuit cutter
-prick each with a fork
-bake at 450 degrees for 7 minutes

Making Invisible Ink (used by spies during the war)
-4 drops onion juice, 4 drips lemon juice, a pinch of sugar
-stir together
-use a toothpick to write the message
-as the ink dries, the message will disappear
-hold message over a bright bulb for it to reappear

Making a quill out of a long feather (10 inches long)
-soak feather in warm soapy water for 15 minutes
-trim off two inches from bottom of feather, cut quill at an angle
-use a pin to clean out inside of feather
-cut small slit at the point for the ink to flow
-dip in inkwell and blot on felt
-WRITE!

Find out how long it would take to travel like a colonist
-the best speed by ship or horse-drawn carriage was 10 miles per hour
-use a map to get distances such as Boston to Lexington
-divide the distance by 10 and find out how long it took