Mornings at the Museum

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Under supervision, children try their hands
at rug hooking during a recent exhibit

Every Thursday morning during July, we offer a series of free hands-on activities for children ages 5-10. Appropriately called “Mornings at the Museum,” this program was launched in 2015 and has continued to grow and expand into an exciting learning experience for young children. During the 2018 season, we worked with thirty-five to forty children each week and created summer employment for nine local high school students who served as junior docents.

Preparing food in the 1813 winter kitchen
of the Dr. Moses Mason House

In 2018, we repeated our hands-on artifacts room, special tours of the 1813 Mason House, outdoor games with wooden baseball bats and golf clubs, hand- and treadle-sewing, preparing food and cooking in our 19th century kitchen, washing and drying clothes using a hand-wringer and wooden clothes pins, and watering and caring for our courtyard garden utilizing water pulled up in buckets from the original well — among other activities.

In 2019, we will focus on art in honor of our summer exhibit, “Art as Antidote: White Mountain Landscapes.” Among the activities will be creating fabric dyes through the use of local plants. Participants will also have an opportunity to produce their own version of a Rufus Porter School wall mural by studying the circa 1835 Jonathan Poor murals in the front hall of the Dr. Moses Mason House.

Children outside of the 8-week Mahoosuc Kids “Summer Adventure Program” must be accompanied by at least one parent throughout the morning session (9:30 to 11:30 am). Scheduling is weather dependent. FMI: 207-824-2908 or 850-766-1241.