During a special Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village in Archbold on July 4, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate as 46 people become new U.S. citizens on our nation’s birthday.
The U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony will be held 11 a.m. on the village green, weather permitting. Forty-six people from 24 countries will take the oath of American citizenship during this special ceremony. The ceremony will include special music, the colors carried by the Fulton County Honor Guard, and remarks by Judge James R. Knepp II. The Boy Scouts from Troop 63 in Archbold will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
“It is an honor for us to host a Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village again this year,” said Kim Krieger, media relations. “This is a special opportunity for our guests to watch as people become new citizens of the United States of America on our nation’s birthday. For people who have never attended a Naturalization Ceremony, it is a truly inspiring way to celebrate Independence Day.”
Again this year, Tom Melville will be at the Village on Saturday, July 2 to teach guests how to play cricket – a fun game of yesteryear. An American cricket player, teacher and author, Mr. Melville will be traveling from Wisconsin to share his love of cricket with Sauder Village guests. Cricket was brought to America by British immigrants and continued to be played here for many years. In fact, the beginning of what we know as baseball developed in New York City before the Civil War.
Other special activities planned for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July weekend include making homemade ice-cream, enjoying story time, and a fun craft. Patriotic songs will be played on the reed organ in St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, and guests will be encouraged to join in singing the patriotic songs. They can also help with special activities in the historic homes.
The Village Strings will play on the village green on Saturday, July 2. These musicians from southeastern Michigan play Celtic, Irish, Scottish, and folk music on hammered dulcimers, mountain dulcimer, fiddle, guitar, banjo, harmonica, whistle, marimbula, spoons, tambourine, and washboard.
In honor of their service to our country, all veterans and active duty military will receive free admission during the Fourth of July weekene. As part of the Blue Star Museum program, Sauder Village also offers free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families every day through Labor Day weekend.
Other upcoming Sauder Village events include the Fiddle Contest and Summer on the Farm on July 9, Explore the Crafts on July 16, and a Vintage Base Ball Tournament on July 23.
For more information phone 800-590-9755 or visit www.saudervillage.org.