BRISTOL â€“ The Bristol Historical Society will offer a Childrenâ€™s Scavenger Hunt of historical sites around the community Sept. 24 through Oct. 9.
Maya Bringe, president of the Bristol Historical Society, said the scavenger hunt is intended for third and fourth-grade students but should be fun for all ages.
â€śThere will be two options,â€ť Bringe said. â€śOne will be a walking scavenger hunt around Federal Hill, starting at St. Joseph Church, and the other will be a driving scavenger hunt that will go throughout town. Both will focus on historic sites, places where historic buildings once stood or places where important events took place.â€ť
Bringe said Scavenger Hunt co-chairs Karen Pescarmona and Marilyn Simmons created the Childrenâ€™s Scavenger Hunt to be a straightforward and fun way for kids to learn about city history.
â€śWeâ€™ve never done a scavenger hunt like this before,â€ť Bringe said. â€śWeâ€™ve done some childrenâ€™s programs at the Bristol Historical Society but this is the first time weâ€™ve taken them out to the streets. Fourth grade is about when they start teaching local history in the school system and this is a way to make it more tangible for students. They will see that they pass by Bristol history driving or walking through the city every day. Itâ€™s all around us.â€ť
Participants will receive prizes when they complete the scavenger hunt. They will also be entered into a raffle to win a few larger prizes, including gift cards to local businesses and passes to museums.
The Childrenâ€™s Scavenger Hunt is made possible thanks to a grant from Torrington Savings Bank.
â€śWeâ€™re very grateful for this grant which will help bring an understanding of history to the younger generation,â€ť Bringe said. â€śTorrington Savings Bank has always been sensitive to the historical nature of Bristol and theyâ€™ve been great community partners.â€ť
People will be able to pick up tickets for the Childrenâ€™s Scavenger Hunt at the Bristol Historical Societyâ€™s booth at the Mum Festival, at Bristol Public Library and Manross Memorial Library and at Torrington Savings Bank.
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.