Racial Learning for Young Children: Rokeby Museum Launches New Education Programming

by Tucker Foltz, Education Programs Manager, Rokeby Museum

Racial Learning for Young Children: Rokeby Museum Launches New Education Programming

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.      

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2023 Pie & Ice Cream Social

2023 Pie & Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 13, 2023, 1–4 pm
Admission: FREE
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.

Bob Recupero
Young Tradition Vermont

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.

Admission: FREE
Slice of Pie with Ice Cream: $8
Ice Cream: $2
Beverages: $1
Full Pie (if available at end of event): $25

Giftbasket Raffle:
1 Ticket: $5
5 Tickets: $20

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Lake Champlain Waldorf School Learns About Museum Collections

Lake Champlain Waldorf School Learns About Museum Collections

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!

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A Reflection on “All That She Carried,” by Tiya Miles

Ruth's embroidery from All That She Carried, by Tiya Miles

by Joan Gorman, Rokeby Museum

One day last summer I was talking to a visitor about the book, Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd and she asked if I had read, All That She Carried, as that book was the nonfiction version of the time and place Kidd brought to life. As soon as I looked into All That She Carried, I knew I needed to read it and I am very glad that I did.

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Video: Virtual Talk With Donald Yacovone Author of  “Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of our National Identity”

On Thursday, February 23, 2023, Rokeby Museum held its third annual Black History Month Lecture. Donald Yacovone, a lifetime Associate at Harvard University’s Hutchins Center for African And African American Research discussed his recently published book Teaching White Supremacy: America’s Democratic Ordeal and the Forging of our National Identity. 

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