The Wayne County Bicentennial Committee has been busy since the fall of 2019 planning and creating unique events and materials to help residents prepare for, participate in and commemorate the 200and anniversary of the founding of the county. The final item is a 60-page activity book that features a journey through all the towns in Wayne County, highlighting important historical facts and special features within each, along with puzzles, pages to coloring, word searches, as well as a “what did you learn” sections.
Aimed at children in grades 3-5, the book can also be a family or group activity for all ages. Caryn Devlin, a committee member and historian from the town of Marion, was the lead historian for this project. “This is a great book for kids of all ages to learn about our cities. I want to thank everyone who worked on this project to make it a success,” said Devlin, “which includes all the historians of the city, as well as Rosa Fox and Gene Bavis, co-chairs of the Bicentennial Committee, Lizzie Fox, Perry Howland, Peter and Sue Jane Evans, and their three grandchildren who made helpful suggestions to make it more appealing to young people residents.
“An understanding of Wayne County’s diverse history is KEY to better understanding our collective history, as a county, state and nation,” said Rosa Fox, Huron Historian and Co-Chair. “It’s something we can all benefit from.” Walworth co-chairman and historian Gene Bavis said: “Each of us should know at least a few details of our own local history and heritage. It makes us better citizens.
Activity books are currently available for children at all local county public libraries. Elementary schools and local historical societies will soon have copies. If other organizations would like to be a distribution site, please contact the committee through the Bicentenary website. To learn more about Wayne County’s Bicentennial milestones and events, you can follow the Bicentennial Facebook and Instagram pages @waynecounty200 or visit www.waynecounty200.com.
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