"'Education is the Science of Relations'; that is, that a child has natural relations with a vast number of things and thoughts: so we train him upon physical exercises, nature lore, handicrafts, science and art, and upon many living books, for we know that our business is not to teach him all about anything, but to help him to make valid as many as may be of––
'Those first-born affinities,
That fit our new existence to existing things.'"

Charlotte Mason, A Philosophy of Education
with a quote from The Prelude by William Wordsworth

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Lincoln Event

The Asa Waters Mansion held a 200th birthday celebration weekend for President Abraham Lincoln. We went for the afternoon and had a wonderful time at the gorgeous mansion and grounds.

They had a Union army encampment, and President Lincoln himself there. Mr. Lincoln arrived by Wells Fargo, and guests could get in as well.

One of the featured events was the cake decorating contest. They had several categories: under 12, 13 to 18, adult, and professional.

Paula's daughter recreated the Lincoln Memorial using gingerbread cake and lemon frosting. (Anyone that has read d'Aulaire's book about Linclon knows how much he loved gingerbread!)

She took first place in her class--congratulations!

The event culminated with a fascinating talk based on all the portraits of Lincoln. A narrator would discuss the circumstances around the portrait and then the Lincoln actor would speak the president's words. What a wonderful history lesson!

1 comment:

Cheryl said...

Oh, I can't believe I didn't go! Looks like you had a wonderful time, I can't wait to hear all the details!