Tidbit Saturday gives students insight into role of museums

SHERIDAN — Wyoming has a rich history, and now young people can get a better understanding of how history impacts them thanks to Tidbit Saturdays at the Sheridan Historical Society and Museum.

The program is an offshoot of the Tidbit Tuesdays during the summer months. Those events usually focused on an aspect of Wyoming history. According to Sarah Ligocki, assistant curator at the museum, Tidbit Saturday’s focus more on the role of museums.

“(A museum) is a place that preserves history and it is important that kids understand that as well,” Ligocki said. “It is a place to start conversations.”

One conversation starter is about family history and to that end, young people made family trees, the first day of the program Jan. 19.

During February’s session, attendees made family journals, with the intent of talking to parents and grandparents about what life was like when they were growing up.

“I have been impressed with the conversations between kids and parents. That is what it is all about — parental involvement.”
The runs monthly with the final winter-spring edition in April.

The theme will be how a museum cares for objects.

Tidbit Tuesdays are scheduled to begin in June. Ligocki did say that she hopes to continue Tidbit Saturdays next fall. Thus far attendance has averaged about a dozen attendees.

The next Tidbit Saturday is March 16.

Admission is free and is geared for four-year-olds to 4th graders.

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