Rokeby Museum is open for the season, 7 days a week — until October 23rd! Guided Tours are available Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Monday at 11 am and 2 pm. Stay tuned as we update our calendar of programs and events. We look forward to seeing you!
2022 Mask Policy at Rokeby: To maintain a safe environment for all visitors and staff, masks are strongly encouraged within the education center and required within the historic home.
Exhibit — Dissent! Abolition and Advocacy in Print
Sunday, June 26–Sunday, October 23, 2022
Throughout the antislavery movement, advocates utilized print materials as a platform to expose the horrors of enslavement and spread calls for emancipation in the United States. From the 1820s onwards, activists took advantage of growing transportation networks and advancements in printing to publish books, newspapers, and pamphlets that encouraged antislavery activities and rhetoric. These print materials proliferated among antislavery circles and became outlets for advocates to share news, stories, poetry, and opinions about the sin of slavery in the U.S. and abroad.
Rokeby Museum’s collection includes examples of antislavery printed materials from the middle of the nineteenth century. Rowland T. Robinson, his wife Rachel, and their close friend Ann King purchased and circulated print materials as part of their abolitionist activities. Using the Robinson Collection, Dissent! Abolition and Advocacy in Print explores the history of these print materials and reflects on the legacy of the abolitionist press.
“Spirits of Rokeby”
Friday, October 28 — 5:00 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:00 pm
Saturday, October 29 — 2:00 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:30 pm, 4:15 pm, 5:45 pm, 6:30 pm, 7:15 pm, 8:00 pm
Held at Rokeby Museum in the Historic Robinson Home.
Program lasts about an hour, limited to 14 people per group.
In the 1840s, the Robinsons held séances in the historic Rokeby home. Join us on Halloween weekend as we introduce you to the spiritualist history at Rokeby. Ticket holders will gather for hot cider and a short introduction to spiritualism before a “spirit” of Rokeby guides them into the historic home to experience a staged reading of séances that took place inside the home, drawn from transcripts in the collection. This participatory dramatization allows you to witness what an actual séance was like for the Robinsons 170 years ago.
Teaching about Slavery, Whiteness, Racism, and the Underground Railroad in the North
Saturday, November 12, 9:00 am–2:00 pm
at Rokeby Museum
• Target Audience: Educators Grades 2–12
• Professional learning hours: 6
• Certificate of completion provided on official letterhead
Non-formal education experiences outside of the classroom offer students an experience that is participatory, stimulating, and rooted in local culture. When students visit Rokeby Museum, they are challenged to draw connections between slavery, the Underground Railroad, and the modern struggle for social justice. While deeply enriching for the students, the experience for the teacher is tangential and there is little opportunity for them to glean support or insight from the specialized museum professional. This on-site workshop provides educators a day to reflect and process the experience of teaching emotion-laden topics like slavery and racism, as well learn new ways to teach the subject and engage their students.
We understand that your plans change and there may be a need to cancel your registration. If you cancel more than 14 days prior to the first day of the event, you will receive a full refund.
Additional Programs for Fall/Winter 2022–2023 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.