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Summer Events for Kids: Collections Power

Summer Events for Kids with Gary Waddingham at This House of Books, your member-owned, indie bookstore & tea shop in downtown Billings, Montana

Our summer series for kids continues on July 29 at 2 o'clock.

The event

Member-owner Gary Waddingham will bring to light the value of “collecting” as a hobby. He will show some of his collection of ancient coins, talk a little about it, and then address questions of why one might collect coins (or other things) as a hobby. Do collections serve any purpose? One can see the answer in Gary’s own life: Through organized, scholarly study of what his collection represents, he has become an acknowledged expert in the history and biography of these ancient times.

How does “collecting” relate to STEAM? The answer is, almost all of science begins with collection, description, and classification. A hobby such as developing a serious collection gives a child experience in observation and systematic thinking.

Gary is a Billings native. He has undergraduate training in biology but is now a retired Episcopal priest. In his retirement, he works part-time as a chaplain for the Billings Police Department. He has a long history of child advocacy.

The event is free and open to the public. The activities are geared for elementary students, but children younger and older will find them enjoyable and are welcome.


During the week, your best bet for finding a nearby parking space is to try one of the nearby parking garages. Park 3 near the corner of Second Ave N. and North 27th street is nearest, about two blocks from our door and featuring the marvelous mural of Billings History by Terri Porta.

Event Date: 
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
This House of Books
224 North Broadway
Billings, MT 59101-1935