Programs/Events

We are currently closed for the season. We look forward to welcoming everyone back when we reopen in May. We have exciting things planned for 2024.

Additional Programs are being planned in the off-season. Check back frequently for announcements of programs and events we will be offering, or sign up to receive the museum’s news and announcements.  

January–March, 2024

2024 Virtual Winter Book Discussion Group
via ZOOM
2024 Virtual Winter Book Discussion Group

Our Winter Book Discussion Group is back again for 2024. Join us each month, January–March for FREE virtual discussions about three powerful books. All discussions will be held via ZOOM. Registration in advance is required. Attendance at all three discussions is not required to register.

Tuesday, January 30, 6:30 pm, via ZOOM
A History of the Village of North Ferrisburgh, 1762–2019, by Jean Richardson

Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 pm, via ZOOM
Mr. and Mrs. Prince: How an Extraordinary Eighteenth-Century Family Moved out of Slavery and into Legend, by Gretchen Holbrook Gerzina

Tuesday, March 26, 6:30 pm, via ZOOM
Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts, by Rebecca Hall and illustrated by Hugo Martinez


March

Family Group: Racial Learning for Young Children
Parent Orientation: March 6, 6:00–7:00 pm via ZOOM
Family Group: March 9, 16, 23, 30, 10:00–11:00 am at Rokeby Museum
FREE, Registration Required, Limited to 12 family groups

Our society does not equip parents to talk to their young children about difficult social topics like racial bias, social class, and other types of inequity. Nonetheless, children observe an unfair world and are curious to learn why. If children are excluded from conversations and information, they can easily internalize harmful, biased messages about themselves and others at an impressionable age. 

Rokeby Museum’s Racial Learning Family Group is designed for children ages 3–5 with one accompanying parent/caregiver. Adapted from our in-classroom preschool program, it offers families a supportive environment to explore the diversity of the human experience while strengthening empathy skills. The group will meet at the Museum four Saturdays in March for an hour to complete incremental lessons that move through themes of Identity, Diversity, and Justice/Action. Through age-appropriate books, conversation, and hands-on activities, we will explore the science of skin color, race as a social construct, the wrongfulness of racism, and other kinds of prejudice and learn the stories of activists who have taken action toward change. The journey of raising empathetic, informed children with healthy self-images takes time. It also takes patience and mistakes. This course is designed to help families jump the hurdle together and support them with tools to feel grounded as they start on the right foot.   

Instructor: Tucker Foltz, Education Programs Manager. Limited to 12 family groups. Includes take-home lessons for continued learning. Parent orientation is required. Funding support by The A.D. Henderson Foundation.


July

Rokeby Theater Camp
July 8–19 (Mon.–Fri.)
9:00 am–1:30 pm
Ages 9–13
Cost: Pay what you can ($450 suggested per camper); healthy a snack included
Performance on Friday, July 19 at 6:30 PM

Join Rokeby Museum for a two-week immersive experience like no other. Set on a serene, historic property, young people will lose themselves in another time gain as they valuable stage experience. This unique program combines aspects of art, outdoor education, hands-on history, and, of course, theater! Campers will draw inspiration from Rokeby’s stories, historic house, artifacts, letters, and farm history to create their fictional characters in an original play. Outside of rehearsal, daily activities will include improv games, nature adventures, plein-air painting, and cooking with historical recipes. Camp culminates with a performance for families and friends! All experience levels are welcome.

To register or have questions, contact Tucker Foltz, Education Programs Manager, at tfoltz@rokeby.org or (802) 877-3406.

* Cancellation Policy: We understand plans change. If you cancel more than 14 days prior to the first day of Camp, you will receive a full refund.


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