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'Life with the LeDucs II' begins August 2

A few spots remain for "Life with the LeDucs II" and there is still time to register. This on-site camp will take place on August 2-4, from 8 a.m. to noon, at the LeDuc Historic Estate, 1629 Vermillion Street in Hastings.

The camp is open to children ages 10 to 14 who have attended "Life with the LeDucs I" or those who have not experienced the first camp. This is a new opportunity to discover what life was like in the 19th century for the LeDuc family. Once again, attendees will wear period costumes. Students will spend a morning with Seth Eastman, portrayed by artist David Geister, a man who served with the U. S. Army, experienced the Wild West, and painted scenes of real, early native American life in Minnesota. They will spend time outdoors with Mr. Eastman where they will be encouraged to combine paint and fresh air in their efforts to create their own color master pieces. Children will make and explore games and toys enjoyed by children of the 19th century. Hands-on activities include:

• Sketching and painting with Mr. Eastman

• Making and mastering a pair of stilts

• Building and flying a kite

• Participating in croquet and marble tournaments

The summer camps are supported by Friends of LeDuc of Historic Hastings, the LeDuc Historic Estate, Dakota County Historical Society and other generous individuals. Register today through Hastings Community Education at www.HastingsCommunityEd. com or call 651-480-7670. If there are questions, please check www.dakota or call 651-437-7055.