Video: The Vermont Sampler Initiative: Uncovering a Rich HeritagePresented by Dr. Lynne Anderson, Director of the Sampler Archive Project & president of the Sampler Consortium
For girls growing up in 18th and 19th-century Vermont, school was more than a place to learn the basics of reading, writing, and arithmetic. Plain and fancy needlework was an essential element of the curriculum, and all girls embroidered at least one sampler as part of their education—many embroidered two or more. Dr. Lynne Anderson will describe the Vermont Sampler Initiative’s efforts to locate, photograph, and document these schoolgirl samplers so they can be included in the nationally recognized Sampler Archive, an online database of American samplers and related girlhood embroideries. In addition, she will share some of the project’s important findings and conclusions, using the samplers as evidence. Of particular interest will be her focus on the variety of educational experiences and options available to Vermont’s early daughters, the diversity in needlework samplers that emerged under the instruction of Vermont’s female teachers, the impact of religion and community values on sampler format, and content, and how schoolgirl samplers from Vermont both reflect and participate in the larger New England experience.Read More
by Tucker Foltz, Education Programs Manager, Rokeby Museum
In 2022, Rokeby Museum launched a multidimensional, early childhood racial learning program to offer preschool learners a supportive environment to explore the diversity of the human experience. In its first year, the Museum worked with thirty-four students, aged three to five, at two local preschools: Bridge School Beginners, and the Lincoln Cooperative Preschool. During the school year, I visited each classroom sixteen times, completing learning themes focused on identity, diversity, justice, and action. While racial learning serves as the program core, the structure is adaptable, allowing for adjustments to reflect the individual children in the classroom, and center different anti-bias themes depending — be that language, economic class, body size, LGBTQ+ representation, culture, and so on.Read More
Sunday, August 13, 2023, 1–4 pm
Slice of Pie & Ice Cream: $8
We Love Pie! Join us as we celebrate Summer and community with Rokeby’s Annual Pie & Ice Cream Social. As in previous years, there will be yards and yards of homemade pies, Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, live music from Bob Recupero and Young Tradition Vermont, raffle baskets, croquet, and badminton on the back lawns, and a chance to explore the historic home, grounds, and exhibits at Rokeby.
The Historic Robinson Home will be open from 1 pm–3 pm. Our volunteer guides will be in the house to answer questions and provide insight. Visitors can check in with a guide at the front porch. Please note, there is a maximum occupancy of 20 people inside the house. No food or drink will be allowed in the house.
Slice of Pie with Ice Cream: $8
Ice Cream: $2
Full Pie (if available at end of event): $25
1 Ticket: $5
5 Tickets: $20
Rokeby Museum hosted 10th graders from the Lake Champlain Waldorf School for a collections care mini-internship. Students were introduced to the methodology of collections work, as well as techniques in proper storage, handling and cleaning. Read some of the student’s reflections below!