Naturalization ceremony

Boy Scouts from Troop 63 in Archbold will lead the Pledge of Allegiance during a naturalization ceremony, Thursday at Sauder Village. Courtesy photo

During a Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village Thursday, guests will have the opportunity to celebrate as more than 50 people become new U.S. citizens on the nation’s birthday.

With other activities planned, including a game of cricket, special music, hand-cranked ice-cream, old-fashioned games and patriotic crafts, Sauder Village will celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend from July 4-6.

The U.S. District Court Naturalization Ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday on the Village Green, weather permitting. On Independence Day, 55 people will take the oath of American citizenship during this special ceremony at Sauder Village.

The Naturalization 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 do the Pledge of Allegiance during this special ceremony.

“It is always an honor for us to host a Naturalization Ceremony at Sauder Village again this year,” said Kim Krieger, Sauder spokesperson. “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 sure to be a very inspiring event.”

To add to the festivities of this special day, the Village Strings will play throughout the morning on the Village Green. 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. The group has been performing traditional music together since 2008.

Again this year, Tom Melville will be at Sauder Village on Saturday to teach guests how to play cricket. An American cricket player, teacher and author, Melville will be traveling from Wisconsin to share his love of cricket with Sauder Village guests.

Parents, grandparents and children can also spend time together making hand-cranked ice-cream and playing old-fashioned games. Family and friends can play croquet, game of graces and other traditional yard games.

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 that are part of U.S. history and heritage. There will also be goat milking, cow milking and many baby animals to meet as well as a patriotic craft for young guests to enjoy at Little Pioneers Homestead.

In honor of their service to our country, all veterans and active duty military will receive free admission to Sauder Village for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend. As part of the Blue Star Museum program, Sauder Village continues to offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families through Labor Day weekend.

The Blue Star Museum program is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families and the Department of Defense. More information about this program is available at

Historic Village hours for the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Weekend are from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday. Admission is $18 for adults and $12 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and younger are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year.

Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. And again this year, children 16 and younger are free every Sunday this season.

For more information, call 1-800-590-9755 or visit

(Information courtesy of Sauder Village.)

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