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THE OIL BOOM AND ELECTRICITY:CHANGE COMES TO 1920S SOUTH ARKANSAS
June 13, 2021 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm$8 – $2877
Toasters and vacuum cleaners. Refrigerators and radios. What are all these new inventions? That is what some people in south Arkansas thought during the 1920s, as they saw the times changing. Let’s explore how the 1920s oil boom impacted the daily lives of people residing in south Arkansas. The effects of the discovery of black gold brought new technology into the region, such as the widespread adoption of electricity in both homes and businesses. We will explore how an electrical circuit works. Tinker with recycled materials, such as wires taken from holiday lights, aluminum foil and art foam, to make electrical circuits that can power different objects, such as LEDs, holiday lights, etc. Then connect science to history with a scavenger hunt. How quickly can you find photos of home appliances from the 1920s? Can you find them all before time is up? Once you’ve found the photos, learn about some of the appliances found in a 1920s home compared to the homes of today.