History Comes To Life

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History came to life at the Ohio Historical Society's Campus Martius Museum in Marietta Saturday afternoon.

On the museum's opening day for 2008, re-enactors of Rufus and Persis Putnam talked from the comfort of the their home to dozens of visitors about what it was like in the year 1794.

The home is the last remaining structure of the Campus Martius Stockade. The museum is built around the house.

General Rufus Putnam was the Superintendent of the Ohio Company of Associates who founded Marietta.

The Putnam house is one of many exhibits and activities at the Campus Martius.

"We always say come back and see us because if you haven't seen Campus Martius in 30 years it's pretty much a new museum and we're always trying to add things, and this year we are adding some children's hands on activity areas," said Andy Verhoff, Campus Martius site manager.

Kids can try on pioneer clothes, try their hand at toys from the era, and take on a treasure hunt.

The museum is also host to the Achievement Advantage Program that helps fourth-graders with their state proficiency tests. The museum recently received a grant from the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation for it.

Spots are still available for Washington County teachers to enroll their classes in the program.

The museum is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays and holidays from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at the corner of Second and Washington Streets in Marietta.

It is open March through October. For more information call 740-373-3750, toll-free 800-860-0145 or email cmmoriv@ohiohistory.org.

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