Staff & Volunteer Spotlight — Meet Allison Gregory

Allison Gregory

Blog post two in our Meet our Staff & Volunteers series! Meet Allison Gregory, Rokeby Museum’s Office Administration Manager. Starting her journey at Rokeby as Education & Interpretation Fellow in 2020, Allison is excited to be back in a new role!

Staff & Volunteer Spotlight — Meet Joan Gorman

Joan Gorman

Over the next few months, we’re going to introduce you to our staff and a few volunteers. Joan Gorman is our seasonal Visitor Center Coordinator. In the winter months, she volunteers at Rokeby helping with collections management. In her post, she shares her journey to Rokeby to “begin a new career.”

A Social Justice Primer — “How to Be an Antiracist,” by Ibram X. Kendi

Ibram X. Kendi — How to Be an Antiracist

Book Review: “How to Be an Anti-Racist,” details Kendi’s journey and growing awareness of how racism informs his own life and thoughts. Along the way, he has taught himself how to be an anti-racist, and through his book, he speaks of and to himself as much as to the reader.

“Delightful, Complex, and Real People.”

“Danvis Tales: Selected Stories by Rowland E. Robinson”

Today’s readers will find both enjoyment and discomfort in Rowland Evans Robinson’s writings. Rokeby feels that Vermont poet and R.E.R. editor and enthusiast David Budbill (1940–2016) explores these dichotomies best in his preface to “Danvis Tales: Selected Stories by Rowland E. Robinson.”

Book Review: Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent”

Isabel Wilkerson’s “Caste”

“…Wilkerson pries open the lid on this country’s racism and exposes the underlying truth—that from the beginning, America has created a caste society, Whites on the top, those of African descent on the bottom.”

Together We Make a Difference

Catherine Brooks

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.

The Jagged Edges of Progress

From 1793–1961, the inhabitants of Rokeby lived through points of heightened hopes for African descended people as well as violent backlashes against people of color. This article, in three parts, explores those high and low points as well as the tentacles of that history that reach into the present.

Rokeby Pie and Ice Cream Social News

Donna Fraser-Leary at the Rokeby Pie & Ice Cream Social in 2009

Has the mention of pie and ice cream in Rokeby’s backyard got you pining for a taste? Sadly, you will have to wait until next summer, when Rokeby hopes to hold this classic event again, in the true spirit of a “Social.” We hope you will join us again for this perennial favorite in the summer of 2021.

From Vigil to Protest: Where Next?

Honour Their Names Protest; Montpelier, VT, June 7, 2020

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?

Down on the Farm: Living under the Cloud of COVID-19 as an Immigrant Farm Worker in Addison County

Down on the Farm: Living under the Cloud of COVID-19 as an Immigrant Farm Worker in Addison County

Vermont is home to over 1,200 Latinx farm workers, most from southern Mexico and Central America. Several hundred live and work in Addison County.

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Rokeby is currently closed for the season, but will be opening for the season on May 9th. Stay tuned!