State Historic Site
A Whole-House Exhibit at the Trail End State Historic Site
March 2008 - December 2008
Rosa-Maye & Manville Kendrick (AHC Kendrick Collection, TESHS)
(Kendrick Collection, TESHS)
Laura Zook to Eula Kendrick, 1900
AMERICANS PREFER TO look at the past through rose-colored glasses. When we think about what childhood used to be like, we tend to think of our favorite fictional characters: Tom Sawyer running barefoot through the grass; Laura Ingalls playing outside her one-room school; Nancy Drew sitting in her room doing her homework; "The Beav" coming home to his mother's milk and cookies.
For many American children, however, the reality was much different. Did you know:
By using the experiences of three generations of the Kendrick family, this exhibit shows the many ways that childhood has changed over the years, both for good and ill.