(CLEVELAND, OHIO) The history of America comes alive through the eyes of its youngest citizens at Centuries of Childhood: An American Story, on view now through August 27, 2017 at the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage (2929 Richmond Road, Beachwood, OH 44122). The exhibit, produced in partnership with the Children’s Museum of Cleveland and designed for children ages 2-8 years old, uses interactive, hands-on activities to chronicle the stories of five children and their families living in historical eras ranging from the 1700s to the mid-20th century. For more information, call 216-593-0575 or visit maltzmuseum.org.
“Centuries of Childhood is a family-friendly exhibit that will especially appeal to children ages two through eight, who are just starting to learn about American history,” asserts Maltz Museum managing director David Schafer. “By chronicling the lives of these five characters, the exhibit helps kids connect the stories of American history to their own experiences and shows them how diverse backgrounds and experiences, as well as tolerance for differences, have helped the country grow and prosper.”
Admission to Centuries of Childhood is included with Maltz Museum admission at a special summer rate that applies through Labor Day: $10 adults, $5 children (5-11) and FREE for Maltz Museum Members and children under 5. Groups of 10 or more are eligible for guided tours and a discount with advance registration.
The Maltz Museum is open Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm, Wednesday, 11am-9pm. The Museum is closed on Mondays.
Centuries of Childhood is a collaboration with the Children’s Museum of Cleveland. “This is the first time the Maltz Museum has teamed up with Children’s Museum for an exhibit,” Schafer adds. “We’re thrilled to be partnering with this Cleveland institution, as we possess a shared commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity and providing educational opportunities to the community.”
“Centuries of Childhood highlights some of the most pivotal periods in American history — times of great discovery, upheaval and change,” says Museum co-founder Milton Maltz. “These eras also impart lessons and ideas we can still take to heart today, as society once again grapples with tough questions about progress and equality. We believe Centuries of Childhood sparks provocative, illuminating conversations that will teach children about the importance of tolerance and diversity.”
The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage celebrates culture and identity to encourage connection and promote a greater appreciation of Jewish heritage and the diversity of the human experience. Personal stories of struggle, courage and creativity are brought to life through interactive exhibitions and thought-provoking programs generously supported by Cuyahoga Arts & Culture, the Jewish Federation of Cleveland and Ohio Arts Council. For more information, visit maltzmuseum.org and follow us on Twitter @maltzmuseum and @stopthehateUS.