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More children needed for program

White House Garden Project at the Stearns History Museum

The White House Children's Garden Project will take place at the Stearns History Museum in St. Cloud, Minnesota beginning Saturday, May 7, and running through August 18. Ten more children between the ages of 7 and 11 are needed.

May activities will be held on Saturdays. June through August activities are held on Thursday mornings. For a full schedule of activities contact the Museum.

This exciting project for children introduces participants to the benefits of growing and eating more fresh, locally grown food. Inspired by the White House Garden started by Michelle Obama, area children will plant, nurture, and harvest a multitude of vegetables. They will discuss healthy eating and cooking with a nutritionist. Participants will get an up-close look at the traveling exhibit The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories, and travel to the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. A family picnic will be held at the close of the program.

Cost is $50 per child to participate in the White House Children's Garden project, or $10 per session with a maximum cost of $50. (Participants must attend five sessions to be eligible for the trip to the Arboretum or family picnic.)

The Smithsonian Community Grant program, funded by MetLife Foundation, is a proud sponsor of this public program.

For more information about this program or the Museum, please call (320) 253-8424. The American Association of Museums accredits the Stearns History Museum and Research Center. It is located at 235 33rd Avenue South in St. Cloud.

More about the The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories

The workers and their unique stories are the subject of the The Working White House: 200 Years of Tradition and Memories, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). The exhibit will show at the Stearns History Museum in

St. Cloud from June 1814 to Aug. 28, while on it's national tour. It is the exhibition's only stop in Minnesota.

The exhibition showcases the souvenirs, housekeeping implements, clothing, letters, menus, photographs and other objects to help illustrate the full story of the presidential residence. New interviews conducted by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage and WHHA staffers with past workers provide eyewitness accounts of White House work culture and will be included in an audio tour and exhibition video.

"The Working White House gives exhibit visitors a rare view of the inner workings of America's most renowned residence through the experiences, first-hand accounts and one-of-a-kind artifacts of the largely unrecognized people crucial to the everyday lives of our first families," said Neil W. Horstman, president of WHHA. "For two centuries, workers at the White House have witnessed history in the making and, in the process, they have created their own. We are pleased to share that proud history with the nation."