At Rokeby Museum we have embarked on the challenge of adding advocacy for social and racial justice to our mission. In light of renewed efforts to disrupt and dispel white supremacy after the murder of George Floyd, I have been thinking about what this means. What might it mean to be a co-conspirator?
Mending Fences is a multifaceted exhibition of objects, monotypes, & site-specific installations that — in the face of complex cultural challenges — promotes both simple & profound acts of repair. The exhibition will include environmental and gallery installations of works inspired by Rokeby Museum artifacts & archives.
This stunning exhibit chronicles the stories of Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter at Rokeby in the 1830s. Free & Safe traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinsons who called Rokeby home, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War.
Artist Courtney Clinton offers lessons covering topics such as developing a sketchbook practice, finding & fixing mistakes, drawing from life, & more. Inspired by Rachael Robinson Elmer, each lesson will include archival images, Clinton’s drawings & a letter explaining the why and how.
Help Rokeby connect visitors with the human experience of the Underground Railroad & the lives of the four generations of Robinsons who lived here from 1793–1961. Guided by Rachel Gilpin & Rowland Thomas Robinson’s commitment to speaking truth to power, today’s Rokeby is committed to serving as a center for exploration and discussion of contemporary social justice issues.
Rokeby Museum presents a nationally significant Underground Railroad story tucked inside a quintessential Vermont experience. A major exhibit Free & Safe: The Underground Railroad in Vermont brings the Underground Railroad vividly to life. Focused on Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter here in the 1830s, the exhibit traces their stories from slavery to freedom, introduces the abolitionist Robinson family who called Rokeby home, and explores the turbulent decades leading up to the Civil War. The historic house fully furnished with 200 years of domestic belongings provides an intimate glimpse into the family’s life through four generations. Once a thriving Merino sheep farm, Rokeby retains nine historic farm buildings filled with agricultural artifacts. Acres of pastoral landscape dotted with old wells, stone walls, and historic orchards invite a leisurely stroll or a hike up the trail. Picnic tables accommodate lunch outdoors.
Take a virtual tour of this stunning exhibit that chronicles the stories of Simon and Jesse, two fugitives from slavery who found shelter at Rokeby in the 1830’s. Would you like to have your own private virtual tour? Email to make arrangements.
Even in light of this difficult time and unknown future, support continues to come to Rokeby. Donations, memberships and words of encouragement. It all makes a difference. Thank you.
Sign up for a virtual tour and learn about the abolitionists, writers, artists, and entrepreneurial farmers that called Rokeby home. In this time of change, you’ll learn how four generations faced change through the 18th and 19th centuries — in real time — as a museum guide leads you through the historic Robinson home. Email to make arrangements.