The Indiana Historical Society (IHS) is sparking excitement around reading with its Summer Youth Book Club for ages 9-13.
Participants meet once a week over Zoom and connect with peers across Indiana to explore important topics, contribute to great conversations, meet a special guest and participate in hands-on activities led by the IHS education staff.
This year, the Book Club will be doing “By Freedom’s Light,” which is the story of a young girl who moves to Indiana and meets the Coffin family. Through a family encounter with an enslaved girl, the first girl learns to think beyond herself and work with the Coffin family and the Underground Railroad to secure a safe escape for the enslaved girl.
Youth Book Club registrants receive a copy of the book, “By Freedom’s Light” by Elizabeth O’Maley. They also receive an activity book with on-your-own and group activities as well as some of the needed activity supplies.
“The activities will all be tailored to the book,” said Indiana Historical Society Director of Education and Engagement Bethany Hrachovec. “A lot of it will also focus on building empathy for others and understanding others’ experiences.”
Summer Youth Book Club meets every Tuesday from 12-12:45 p.m., beginning Tuesday, June 22 and running through Tuesday, July 27. The cost is $20 for guests and $15 for IHS members. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 10.
Summer Youth Book Club is presented by OneAmerica, and supported by the Robin and Charlitta Winston Family Fund for African American History.
For more information, go to https://indianahistory.org/. To register for the Summer Youth Book Club, go to https://indianahistory.org/events/summer-youth-book-club-by-freedoms-light/.
Now through September 4, IHS is offering special $5 advance admission deals. To take advantage of the special admission pricing, tickets must be purchased online at www.indianahistory.org. Tickets are valid during normal business hours, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., June 1 through September 4 only. This offer can’t be combined with other offers or discounts and must be redeemed by September 4. See IHS website for additional details about the offers. IHS members and children younger than 5 years old receive complimentary admission. To purchase your advance tickets or family pack, visit www.indianahistory.org.
The Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center will offer free admission on Thursdays in July, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., as well as on Saturday, July 3, for a celebration of Independence Day (noon to 5 p.m.).