atural History comes alive in the popular Night at the Museum film, the Bell County Museum came alive on Oct. 23. from 5 to 7 p.m. for parents and children of the Belton and Temple areas.
The American Marketing Association hosted the event where more than 600 children and parents enjoyed activities. Members of the association dressed up as different characters, gave out candy, read stories, and helped with games.
Participants walked into each room of the museum where they had the chance to interact with various historical figures from Bell County’s past. Each figure briefly explained who they were, and showed the children various artifacts from their story.
Some of the historical figures that the children met included: Quannah Parker, a chuck wagon cook, Lewis Hines, an archeologist, and a ghost prisoner.
Each figure stamped a passport for the children once they spoke to each one. If a child visited every character and received a certain number of stamps, they received candy.
“There were a lot of families coming in. The kids looked like they were having a blast. It was a really good turnout,” sophomore marketing major and door greeter Sara Chivvis said.
Children and parents could also have their picture taken at a photo booth, listen to the story of the Legend of Sleepy Hollow, visit the ghosts of various historical homes in the area, or participate in a craft.
This year was the third consecutive year that the AMA has put on Night At the Museum at the Bell County Museum.
“We were approached by the museum three years ago because they had the idea to do this Night At the Museum event, and they wanted to get help from an organization on campus. They came to us as the American Marketing Association and asked us to help them,” sophomore finance major and head planner of the event Skylar Kuretsch said.
Although the event was loads of fun for the children and parents, it required a lot of planning.
“I started meeting with the museum in August, and I’ve come almost every week to meet with them. It went really well tonight,” Kuretsch said.
The AMA students enjoyed being able to get involved with the community through this event.
“I just wanted to get to know more people and be a part of AMA,” said freshman marketing major Reagan Scafer who gave candy out at the event. “This seemed like a fun way to get to be a part of the community as well as an on-campus organization.”