1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Saturday, October 12, 2019
"Captain-o-Lantern" a drop-in activity for kids

Kids will create a paper lantern inspired by the those used by the Lewis & Clark Expedition. As part of the community-wide “Fall Fest,” the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center will present “Captain-o-Lantern” a free kids’ drop-in activity from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12. Admission, materials and treats will be free.

Kids will design a “Captain-o-Lantern” to brighten up chilly, autumn nights. Similar to the popular jack-o’-lanterns, these “expedition” lanterns will be a reminder of the many nights the Corps of Discovery camped along the Missouri River. Along the banks of the river, the Captains used tin lanterns to write journal entries after a long day’s work.

A special, “authentic” frontier pumpkin treat will be enjoyed while the supplies last.

Jack-o’-lanterns are based on the Irish legend of “Stingy Jack.” According to legend, Stingy Jack was a troublemaker who now roams the Earth carrying a burning coal inside a carved-out turnip to light his path. Early jack-o’-lanterns were made from turnips, beets, and even rutabagas. The tradition was brought to American by Irish immigrants during the Irish Potato Famine in the 1840s. In America, pumpkins became the norm for carving jack-o’-lanterns.

For more information, contact Olson at 712-224-5242 or solson@siouxcitylcic.com.