Drop-In Activity: "Captains Got Game" Board Game Day
1 - 3 pm Saturday, January 25

Enjoy an afternoon of board games at the Sioux City Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center during a drop-in event, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Admission and materials will be free.

Colonial games and more modern games will be available for anyone to play. Bring the whole family to enjoy an afternoon of friendly competition. Games will include checkers, fox & geese, and a variety of colonial-themed toys, including spinning tops, whirligigs, and more.

Originally known as “draughts” in Great Britain, early colonist brought the re-named game of “checkers” to North America. Checkers is one of the oldest games in history; its roots traces back to the ancient region of Mesopotamia in modern-day Iraq. The earliest checker’s game board was probably made of stone. Today, people are able to enjoy digital versions of the game anywhere they go.

“On the Lewis & Clark Expedition, games were a way for men to relieve stress and learn to work together,” says Sara Olson, the Center’s Education Coordinator. Such colonial games included checkers, cards, and dice. Many remain popular even today.