Families Find Living History Lessons at Pony Express Museum

Published 02/20 2012 09:34PM

Updated 02/20 2012 09:52PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) A St. Joseph museum brought history to life Monday by inviting families to check out the exhibits for free.

Dozens of kids, parents and grandparents flooded the Pony Express Museum for family day.

They watched Nico Karns share his knowledge of the Civil War, as he demonstrated the basic steps of launching a canon ball during battle.

"I'm the guy that stands in the back and gives orders," he said.

At just 10 years old, Karns already has a decade of Civil War lessons under his belt.

"My grandma's been taking me since I was two weeks old, and it's just something I've grown up with," said Karns.

That interest in history is something the Pony Express Museum hopes will bond other families as well. That's why the museum opened its doors for family day - a free tour of the exhibits and the one-room school house.

"It's like stepping kids back in time and when you look at the pot-belly stove and chalkboards, you know, there's no smart boards and no phones and none of the kind of stuff kids are accustomed to today in a classroom," said Cindy Daffron, Director of Development.

Each station along the tour offered a look at history and a chance for kids to bring the 1860's to life through their own imagination.

"The enthusiasm kids can bring is contagious," Daffron added.

The Pony Express Museum is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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