The Geary County Historical Society hosted a Mounted Color Guard event as part of its Time Travel Camp Wednesday morning at the museum.
The program allowed kids to “travel” back to the year 1890 and learn about the calvary. It was one of many history lessons they will be able to absorb during this week’s Time Travel Camp.
“They’re going to learn about World War I and World War II the next two days,” museum Curator Heather Hagedorn said. “The (Fort Riley) commanding general’s Mounted Color Guard said they could come out and do this demonstration. We figured why just have it for the kids when we can invite the whole community?”
The demonstration included gunshots targeting balloons, while men were rode horses. After the demonstration, the public was given the opportunity to meet the horses and ask questions. Hagedorn hopes camp participants leave this Time Travel Camp with a new perspective on history as festivities continue this week.
“I think they’re going to take a lot away from this particular part because who can forget all the awesome balloon shooting,” Hagedorn said. “They also learned how to do the Virginia Reel earlier today, and made some ropes. Hopefully they’re going to take away that history is fun, which is always our goal to make kids really love history instead of them thinking it’s boring.”