The Revolutionary Encampment is always an exciting time at Montpelier and the General Henry Knox Museum has planned some family activities in anticipation. To get into the spirit of the era, activities are offered to highlight different elements of Henry Knox’s life and times.

The first celebrates a traditional 18th century form of portraiture: silhouettes. An artist will trace a shadow to cut out and create a silhouette to take home. Make a life size portrait to hang on the wall or a small miniature for a keepsake. On a tour of Montpelier, look for the silhouette of Lucy Knox.

The second afternoon will feature Colonial games on the lawn of Montpelier (indoor games will be planned in case of rain). Boys and girls can play together and experience the fun of being a Colonial kid without all the chores. The museum will have games of jump rope rhymes, nine-pins and graces — always a favorite.

Connecting to the General Henry Knox Museum’s summer theme, the third afternoon is a quill pen writing class. The summer teacher institute participants are examining the founding documents and the museum invites people to practice their autograph as if signing the Declaration of Independence — with a dramatic flourish for posterity? The distinctive “HK” of Henry Knox is a great example for children to think about how to arrange the letters in their signature. Registration includes quills, ink, and paper to practice lettering. The lesson will be led by Simon Adams, art teacher from Falmouth Middle School.

Parents, grandparents and children of all ages are invited to participate together. Registration is required. For more information call 354-8062 or e-mail The program is free with the support from the Unity Foundation. The schedule includes:

• Silhouettes, Tuesday, Aug. 3 at 1:30 p.m.

• Colonial games, Thursday, Aug. 5 at 1:30 p.m.

• Quill pen writing, Wednesday, Aug. 11 at 1:30 p.m.