Marshall Foundation Invites Adults, Children to Codebreaking Activities

Adults and children may participate in codebreaking activities in the Marshall Museum from 1 – 2 p.m. on April 25, May 2, May 30 and June 13.  Register for this event by calling the museum at (540) 463-2083.

Children will be able to make their own code deciphering wheel, participate in a kid-friendly code breaking scavenger hunt for an age appropriate prize, and crack different types of codes.

Adults will be challenged to crack a William and Elizabeth Friedman Christmas card code as well as other ciphers and codes typically used by the FBI and the NSA.

Individuals who wish to learn more about the American and British codebreaking during WWII can watch several videos and movies which will be shown on Saturdays through June.

Adults can participate in a scavenger hunt on May 9 and June 20 that starts at 11:30 a.m.  Make reservations by calling Leigh McFaddin at 463-7103, ext. 138.

Teams of two or three adults will be formed in the Marshall Museum and given instructions for the Codebreaking Scavenger Hunt. Each team will be given a secret code which, when broken, will serve as a clue to their next stop. The codes will be written in the spirit of William Friedman, the master codebreaker who served in the US Army during WWII.

The teams will attempt to break four codes, with the first team on each occasion to arrive at the finish line being declared the master codebreakers of Lexington.

All participants will receive a complementary set of William and Elizebeth Friedman’s Christmas cards that were written in code and led the recipient to uncover a Christmas surprise.