Historical society to host ‘Goose Chase’ Scavenger Hunt June 1

By on May 22, 2019

The Manheim Historical Society is planning to send area residents on a “goose chase” Saturday, June 1 at 3 p.m. While the commonly used term “wild goose chase” often implies a search for something unattainable, this “goose chase” promises to be a fun social media scavenger hunt. It will start at the Fasig House, 30 E. High St., Manheim.

Sharry Theal, coordinator of the event, said participants can work in teams of one to four people. The event is limited to 40 groups, and cost is $5 per team. Each team will receive a t-shirt, and Theal said extra t-shirts will be available to purchase. She explained that the Fasig House, a Colonial-era log home owned by the historical society, was chosen as the starting point since it’s close to Manheim’s Market Square, which will be closed at 3 p.m. for preparations for the Manheim Chamber’s Kids Color Fun Run, which will be followed by the Rock ‘N Glow 5K Run/Walk. “There will be a lot of activity in the square that day,” she said.

Each team will need to have a smart phone to access the GooseChase app. Clues for the scavenger hunt and questions about Manheim history have been loaded into the app, and in some cases, participants will be asked to take a selfie to verify that they’ve found the answer to the question.

The event was the brainchild of a group that included Dillan Enck, vice chair of the borough Historic Commission and an eighth grade American history teacher at Manheim Central Middle School; Donna Czeiner, Manheim Borough zoning and codes officer; Wesley Geib Sr., historical society vice president, and Theal.

The Manheim Historical Society is planning to send area residents on a “goose chase” Saturday, June 1 at 3 p.m. The event will start at the Fasig House, 30 E. High St., Manheim.

“We recognized the need to collaborate to raise awareness of the historic treasures we have in our community, Enck explained, “I learned about the Goosechase app from Laura Campbell at HC Burgard Elementary. After implementing one for my history class at school, I saw how effective it could be for engaging people in historical places and events.”

He said the app allows users to create both virtual and real life scavenger hunts. This will be a real life hunt, and questions and clues were created by Theal and Enck. Each group will be able to access the questions when the scavenger hunt goes live at 3 p.m. Each group will access the same set of questions, and each question has a different point value depending on its difficulty or its distance from the starting point (the railroad station).

“The winner isn’t the first team to finish, but the one that accumulates the most points,” he said.

Enck said the activity was designed so middle school-age students could do it on their own. However there are some questions that parents who grew up in the community may already know the answers to. “It will give families the chance to interact through the activity.

The more people that sign up for the event, the more fun it will be; the app features a leaderboard so teams can see where they are placed in real time as they complete missions (or questions). It will be challenging-the winning team will definitely earn the prize,” he said.

“I think the goose chase will help kids learn more about the history and heritage of Manheim,” Theal added.

A $100 prize will be awarded to the team with the most correct answers. The second and third place team will also receive a prize of $25 per team. If there are ties, a drawing will be held to determine the winners,

For further information, contact the Manheim Historical Society at 717-665-7898 or visit the organization’s website at manheimhistoricalsociety.org. Theal encourages participants to pre-register, however, registrations will be accepted the day of the event at the Fasig House starting at 2:30 p.m.

Rochelle Shenk is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at RAASHENK@aol.com.

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