Kids learn local history at Whiskeytown 'Old Time' Christmas


REDDING, Calif. - Visitors took a step back in time at Whiskeytown's annual Old Time Holiday event at the Shasta State Historical Park, Saturday.

Many visitors said they came as when they were children and are now bringing their own kids. State Park Superintendent Lori Martin, said this event has become a Northstate tradition for many.

Martin explained that the event is a fun day of activities for children, but it's also a history lesson.

"Our time period that we share with the public is California's gold rush," Martin said. "So many of the activities that we do are Victorian era or California gold rush traditional crafts or activities."

Children were taught to make their own candles and allowed to help the blacksmith brand a piece of wood. In the museum, the Northern Gateway Chorus sang carols while students from Stellar Charter School, studying to be living history docents, made yarn dolls with the children. These activities and more were offered all over Whiskeytown free to the public.

"It's a way to bring them together and share what Shasta was like 150 years ago during the holidays and how the townsfolks here celebrated the holiday season," said Martin.

The museum, general store, and cafe are open every weekend of the year.

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