Toy trains, a Lindy airplane, a miniature cast iron cookstove, a Boy Scout bugle – what do these items tell us about the children who used them? “Seen But Not Heard: Childhood in New England,” a new exhibit this summer at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House, explores the lives of children in New England in the 19th and early 20th centuries through the objects they used.
Featuring toys, dolls, clothing, games and other items, the exhibit runs from July 6 through September 7 at the Colonel Paul Wentworth House on Water Street in Rollinsford. The exhibit and the Wentworth House are open on Sundays from 1 to 4 pm and at other times by appointment.
Hands-on activities for children will be featured on Sunday, July 13 and again on Sunday, August 17. Children and other visitors will be able to try out early American toys and games such as graces, ball and cup, and nine man’s morris, and make a thaumatrope to take home.
The circa 1701 Wentworth House is the oldest house in New Hampshire associated with the Wentworth family, and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). For more information, consult the website or call (603)742-4747.