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A sneak peek into next week's Rokeby Museum Distance Drawing Course. @clinton.courtney will be teaching you how to learn from your mistakes. Our Education and Interpretation Fellow, Allison Gregory, will also make an appearance on the blog to give you her perspective.

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We are thrilled to announce that Lindsay Houpt-Varner, PhD, will lead Rokeby as its first full-time director. Lindsay comes to Rokeby after four years at Cumberland County Historical Society in Pennsylvania, where she led initiatives in preservation, heritage, and community engagement with history and the humanities. 

Lindsay brings to us an impressive array of skills, successful projects, and achievements — all of which are a perfect fit for this moment in our history. Her passion for the untold stories in history and a clear understanding of the significance of diversity in today’s community are both very important to Rokeby’s mission. Lindsay believes museums are the places to ask what stories have been told so far, and how those stories must include previously silenced voices.

Here is what Lindsay herself says: 

“When I read about Rokeby Museum, I was in awe at the site’s history and commitment to the community and societal change. The Robinson family’s history of abolition, agriculture, and art is compelling and the site provides the unique opportunity to tell a family’s story within the broader scope of American history, while also using this history as a platform to discuss contemporary issues. I am honored to be chosen as the next director of the site and excited to start working alongside the wonderful individuals who support the Museum.” 

Lindsay will assume her role as director starting September 21st and we hope you all will help welcome her to the Rokeby community!

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Together We Make a Difference — Outgoing director Catherine Brooks reflects on her three years at the helm of Rokeby Museum and shares her thoughts about the Museum’s impact. Stories told and conversations started at Rokeby leave us all with more insight, with more knowledge, and more intent to make the world a better place. Read her reflection on our blog (link in bio).

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The fourth installment of the Rokeby Museum Distance Drawing Course is LIVE on our website! This week, @clinton.courtney will teach you how to draw a self portrait and build the perfect blanket fort!

Although the museum does not have any self portraits of Rachael Robinson Elmer in its collection, she often painted, sketched, and drew portraits of friends and family members.

Don't forget to share your work using #RokebyDistanceDrawing and #DrawingWithRachael!
Elise Guyette Ed.D., Rokeby Board of Trustee member and author, wrote a very poignant and powerful article about racism, the Robinsons, and working towards justice and equality for Black people. The three-part series of articles can be found on Rokeby Museum's website.