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Children's Magic Lantern Show & Optical Toy Making Activity


A demonstration of the magic lantern, a projector using images painted on glass. The magic lantern was invented in the 17th century, and by the 19th century had become a widely practiced form of popular entertainment. Professional lanterns were found in lecture halls and theaters, while German toy makers created children's lanterns for use in the home. Using a toy lantern Dawn Elliott and Joel Schlemowitz will present a children's program, followed by hands-on activities including hand-coloring reproduction lantern slides, and learning more about these intriguing early devices. Reservations required. $5 per child ($12 for family of 3 children), accompanying adults are free; $8/person for unaccompanied adults. 

Staatsburgh State Historic Site
  • 75 Mills Mansion Drive, Road 1
  • Staatsburg, NY 12580