As you take a journey like this, be sure to record the places with pictures and video. One of the ways I became associated with my husband's family history was when we would visit his mother after we were first married. She would take us out to all the family sites in the area and I'm so grateful now for those pictures and video--especially with her narrative. It is also fun to compare the modern pictures with antique pictures. These are the pictures of my Grandparents' house in Westchester California: Left, just after they bought it for 6 thousand dollars, Me and Grandpa when I was little, and right a couple of years ago.Besides taking them to tour your own family's history, you might take them to other places that help them visualize your family's history. I love places of re-enactment, such as:
- Williamsburg, Virginia
- Plymouth, Massachusetts
- Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
- Mystic Seaport, Conneticut
- Old Sturbridge, Massachusetts
- This is the Place State Park, Utah
- Civil War reenactments
- Frontier reenactments
We volunteered for two summers up at This is the Place. It was so fun. My kids know how to thread a large loom, spin wool, train oxen, play pioneer games like graces and walking on stilts, and how to survive without air conditioning. They also really enjoyed Williamsburg last year. I even learn alot at these places. It is interesting for all of us. Did you know that as they settled the west, to make a street sign, you would have put the pole upside down from the way the tree grew, so that the cell structure was upside down and wouldn't suck water up the tree the way it would when it was alive?
You also might try regular Historical Sites/Visitors Centers/Museums such as:
- Ellis Island
- A Grist Mill
- Oregon Trail
- or any Local Sites, they don’t have to be far away.
At some of these places you can take advantage of classes, you can learn the skills and games of the time or sometimes there are activites or camps for kids.
Find a place to go and take a day trip with your family. Not only can you relax and enjoy some time together, but you can also talk to them about your family history. Enjoy.