From Gatling guns to early photography, a new series of museum events will offer kids a chance to get hands-on with civil war technology. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum's monthly "Civil War Tech" programs will be aimed at children ages 8 to 12 and offer them the chance to perform experiments, talk with interpreters, and generally interact with technology from the time period.
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Library spokesman Chris Wills says the idea is not to have kids simply looking at historical artifacts. "For instance, when they deal with photography during the Civil War, a very new technology during that period, the kids will learn the chemical process of how photos are made and they'll get to develop their own picture," Wills said. Drums and bugles used during the Civil will be the focus of the first session being held this Saturday. The free events will generally take place on Saturday mornings beginning at 10.