You’ve heard of checkers, Parcheesi and Backgammon, but what about Clumps, Cribbage and Reversi? Buzz, Old Sledge or Stops?
These were popular games people played during the late 1800s and early 1900s. Now, because of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site, you can play them, too.
The TR Site is resurrecting these and many other board, card and “parlor” games from the past during its Vintage Game Nights.
TR Site Executive Director Stanton Hudson describes the event as “old school fun” that provides modern audiences with a window into a bygone era.
“Vintage Game Nite highlights games that Theodore Roosevelt was known to have enjoyed during his lifetime, as well as ones that were loosely based on his exploits, and still others enjoyed by wide swaths of American society,” he said. “We wanted to take a risk and try something new.”
So far, it’s working. The evening has gotten a positive response since it began early this year, drawing more and more people to the site.
Hudson noted that people can come early and enjoy a full tour of the museum included with the price of admission.
The next game night takes place Tuesday, Oct. 30. In 2019, game nights (held the fifth Tuesday of the month) are Jan. 29, April 30, July 30 and Oct. 29.
Admission is $10 per person or $5 for TR Site members, which includes one free drink, snacks, and a selection of all-you-can-play vintage games. The 21-and-older evening also features a selection of brews from the Flying Bison Brewing Company, which co-sponsors the event.