While many museums observe the mantra, “look, don’t touch,” some museum educators in Vermont prefer a hands-on approach to learning. From milking cows at Billings Farm to tinkering with LED lights at the Montshire Museum, Vermonters can experience learning firsthand through the diversity of museum programs offered across the state.
We talk to Beth Roy, Director of Education at the Nature Museum at Grafton, Karen Petersen, Director of Education at Shelburne Museum, Greg DeFrancis, Director of Education at the Montshire Museum of Science, and Megan Campbell, Coordinator of Interpretation and Education at Billings Farm about the programs they’re offering this summer. And we hear what you may learn from participating.
Also in the program, we pay homage to a monumental speech in American history, "The Meaning of the Fourth of July to the Negro," delivered by Frederick Douglass on July 5, 1852. This year, the Vermont Humanities Council is organizing events around the state at which Vermonters take turn reading sections of the text. We talk with one of the organizers, Paul Marcus, about Douglass and the importance of examining American history on Independence Day.
Broadcast live on Thursday, July 3 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.