Programs/Events

Guided Tours of the Historic Site (Starting May 21st)
Every Friday–Monday, 11 am and 2 pm OR by appointment
Members: Free; Non-Members: $5 (in addition to the purchase of admission)

Volunteers run the guided tours at Rokeby. We work hard to ensure a tour guide is on site but please call in advance to ensure tours are running the day of your visit. Note the historic house is undergoing preservation work therefore tours are currently entirely outside and held rain or shine.


SEASONAL EXHIBIT OPENING
A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer
Sunday, May 30, 1 pm

Rokeby Museum’s 2021 season exhibit, A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer, explores the career of Rachael Robinson Elmer (1878–1919) and her early twentieth-century success as a professional illustrator. Exhibit Opens May 30th and runs through October 24th, 2021.


Drawing of Birds by Rowland Evans Robinson
WALKING TOURS & SPECIAL TOURS
Sam Lovel Expeditions: A Bird Walk with Ruth Brooks
Saturday, June 5, 7 am–9:30 am
Members: $5; Non-Members: $10
Meet at Rokeby Museum (we will caravan to the starting point for the walk)

Join avid birder Ruth Brooks and Rokeby Board Member, Dean Leary, for a guided bird walk that explores migrating birds and all the wildlife that calls this special place home. Throughout the walk, participants will experience first-hand the landscape that inspired the writings of Rowland Evans Robinson. The walk will take place at a nearby wildlife management area, once part of the Robinson farm. If you have binoculars or field guides please bring them with you. Paths can be uneven, so please wear sturdy footwear and bring your own water. Sunscreen and bug repellant is recommended.

To register, visit Rokeby Museum during Museum hours or email director@rokeby.org. Space is limited to 15 people. We request all participants wear a mask and maintain social distancing. 


The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
SECOND SUNDAYS AT ROKEBY
Book Discussion: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Sunday, June 13, 1 pm
via ZOOM, FREE

Join Rokeby staff for a virtual discussion of The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas’ bestselling YA novel and Vermont Reads 2020 book selection. A heart-wrenching barometer of our times, set against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement, a young teen experiences the killing of her friend at the hands of a police officer. The only witness, Starr, finds herself caught between her community, the police and the protest movement. Thomas’ beautiful novel sparks room for discussion around race, class and power divisions in the United States, and finds new meaning in the wake of the George Floyd/Derek Chauvin conviction. 

The first 9 participants to register will receive a free copy of the book. Call the Museum to sign up (802-877-3406) or email tfoltz@rokeby.org. (This event is taking place thanks to the 2020 Vermont Reads Program through the Vermont Humanities Council).


Summer Story Time with Rokeby Museum and the Bixby Library
Tuesday, June 15, 3:30–4:30 pm
Tuesday, July 20, 3:30–4:30 pm
Tuesday, August 17, 3:30-4:30 pm

In collaboration with the Bixby Library in Vergennes, Rokeby Museum is offering a FREE storytime and activity at the Museum! Selected books will be elementary-aged children but all are welcome to join! Weather permitting, the stories will be read outside among the historic farm buildings. We encourage parents to bring blankets and/or chairs. No pre-registration is required.


GALLERY TALK: ART SELECTION FOR “A MODERN ARTIST”
June 17, 10 AM

Rokeby Museum Education Center
Join our Director for a behind the scenes talk on the artworks selected for the 2021 seasonal exhibit. You will learn more about the items on display and see a few of the additional pieces of art that did not make it into the final exhibit.
FREE for Members; $5/Non-members
Register by emailing director@rokeby.org


SPECIAL MUSEUM DAYS
June 19 — Juneteenth: FREE Admission to Museum
July 17 — Teacher Appreciation Day: FREE Admission to Museum for Teachers with School ID
Every Tuesday after 1 pm (May–October) — Pay what you can

Tales of Oppression, Abolition, and Reform in the Hopper Gibbons Families
June 23, 6 PM
Zoom
Suggested Donation of $5

Join Hopper and Gibbons descendant, Angela Schear, for a talk on her Abolitionist ancestors and their work on the Underground Railroad. To register visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/tales-of-oppression-abolition-and-reform-in-the-hopper-gibbons-families-tickets-158012257917


Morning Hike and Meditation
Sunday, June 27, 10 am–12 pm
$5 (can be redeemed towards purchase of admission)
BYO water and blanket or mat

Gather with intention for a gentle walk on Rokeby trails. Clear the mind and enrich your senses and with guided meditations and excerpts from the work of Rowland Evans Robinson. Non-strenuous hike, 1.2 miles RT.  Family friendly ages 8 and up, no previous meditation experience required. 


Reading Frederick Douglass
Monday, July 5, 1 pm
This event will be held outside. In the event of poor weather we will work to find an indoor location.

Rokeby Museum and the Ferrisburgh Historical Society are collaborating to host a public reading of Frederick Douglass’ Fifth of July Speech. Community members are asked to join us and read a section of Douglass’ speech. We will provide the speech and break it into manageable readings for all participants. The reading will begin at 1pm and will last until the speech is completed. 


Second Sundays at Rokeby
History Retold: Rachael Robinson Elmer, Fayette Barnum, and Gabrielle Jackson with Allison Gregory
Sunday, July 11, 1 pm
Members $5/non-members $10

Cemetery Care Workshop
Saturday, July 17, 10 am
Old Quaker Cemetery, Robinson Road

Learn how best practices for cleaning and maintaining headstones. Recommended for ages 8+.
$10 which includes cleaning kits to take home.


Robinson Family Butter Mold
Curator for the Day
Thursday, July 22, 9 am–12 pm
Members: $35; Non-Members: $50

Do you love museums? Have you ever wondered how exhibits are made? Spend the day ‘behind the scenes’ at Rokeby Museum as a curator for the day, examining our collection of 19th century objects and creating your very own exhibit! 

Learn how to: 

  • Think like a curator
  • Handle, store and care for historic objects
  • Write exhibit labels
  • Tell a story with artifacts
  • Create your own exhibit

Ages 10–14. Parents and guardians are invited to view exhibits at pickup. Snack provided. Call the Museum to sign up (802-877-3406) or email tfoltz@rokeby.org.


SECOND SUNDAYS AT ROKEBY
Film Viewing of “Rokeby” and Artists’ Talk with EveNSteve

Sunday, August 8, 1 pm
Members: $5; Non-Members: $10

Noted artists EveNSteve are pleased to share their award-winning short film “Rokeby” with the public at a screening and artists’ talk. In 2019, EveNSteve was commissioned to make artwork for the Rokeby Museum, the historic radical Quaker homestead and Underground Railroad site. the result was a thirty-foot monumental artwork that forms the basis of the film “Rokeby.” In the artwork, Stephen Schaub employs a 140-degree Noblex panning-lens camera, which creates individual panoramas that mimic human vision. The resulting in-camera college on film expresses a total combined reality of 840 degrees — a scene rooted in reality, yet which does not actually exist. The short film has been named a winner in the History/Biographical category of the IndieFEST Film Awards and is an Official Selection of the Montreal Independent Film Festival.


Story Walk along the Trails with Rokeby Museum and the Bixby Library
Throughout the Summer

Rokeby Museum is teaming up with the Bixby Library to offer a story walk along the trails at Rokeby. Throughout the summer we will share stories that tie to the history at Rokeby, including agriculture, Indigenous history, and the Underground Railroad. This trail to free to anyone visiting the site between sun up and sun down.


Pie & Ice Cream Social
Sunday, August 15, 1 pm

After a year hiatus, join us for our perennial favorite, the Rokeby Museum Pie & Ice Cream Social. Stay tuned for more information about this year’s long-awaited event.


SECOND SUNDAYS AT ROKEBY
Demystifying the Creative Process:
Virtual Discussion with Courtney Clinton
Sunday, September 12, 1 pm
Livestreamed from Rokeby Museum
Members: $5; Non-Members: $10

Before the final illustration, an artist makes dozens of sketchbook studies. In these studies they gather reference material and work out a creative image design. Join former Rokeby Artist in Residence, Courtney Clinton, to learn more about how illustrators like Rachael Robinson Elmer built and developed their creative ideas through the sketchbook process. As part of the Second Sunday lecture series, Courtney will invite you into her research and images from the sketchbooks and studies that informed Rachael’s iconic postcard seriesArt Lover’s New York. Courtney will also share her own sketchbook process and discuss how her research on Rachael’s practice inspired her to produce her own postcard series of the sites and monuments of her hometown, Montreal. 


Please note: Face masks and physical distancing are currently required at Rokeby Museum.

Additional Programs for Spring/Summer 2021 are being planned. Check back frequently for announcements of programs and events we will be offering, or sign up to receive the museum’s e-news announcements.  

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Rokeby Museum’s Visitor Center and Historic Farm Buildings are open for the season.