The Benton County Historical Society will be offering free hands-on workshops Dec. 28 at the museum for its family day in conjunction with the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, Things Come Apart.
Workshops are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and recommended for ages 7 and older. Space is limited to 10 children in each workshop.
Children will prowl the exhibit and be able to explore how pipe organs work by taking one apart. Participants will then arrange the deconstructed instrument into their own group piece of art, inspired by Things Come Apart artist Todd McLellan, to be photographed and printed as a keepsake. Then the pipe organ will be rebuilt.
Organ deconstructionists will be invited to a Chintimini Chamber Music Festival concert in Corvallis June 22. The concert will feature the exhibit's pipe organ in the prelude and a full-sized organ in the performance.
Things Come Apart is an exhibit organized by McLellan and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Services. The Orgelkids workshop is sponsored by the BCHS.
Registration is required by calling 541-929-6230 during the museum's business hours (10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday).