Discovery museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum Tue, 10 May 2022 22:19:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Discovery museum – Southeastern Quilt Museum 32 32 May At The South Street Seaport Museum Next Sailing Season & Free Exhibits Tue, 10 May 2022 22:19:07 +0000

The South Street Seaport Museum announces exhibits, a sailing season and events in May at 12 Fulton St and Pier 16. The museum is delighted to host NYC Poets Afloat for their third annual group poetry reading aboard the grand sailboat Wavertree on May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m.

Free exhibits on offer include the new South Street and the Rise of New York introductory gallery, as well as a recently reconfigured return of the popular Millions: Migrants and Millionaires Aboard the Great Liners, 1900-1914. Seaport Discovery is also now open:

Exploring Our Waters with Eric Carle, a maritime art discovery room by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of picture books for young children. Each exhibition and the Eric Carle discovery room will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the Wavertree Tall Ship, Ambrose Lightship, and Pier 16 Outdoor Exhibit continue to welcome visitors free of charge on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

General admission includes access to the galleries and Wavertree, and pre-timed tickets can be booked at you can also choose to add a free guided tour of the Ambrose or $5 tickets to the Eric Carle Discovery Room.

The South Street Seaport Museum is also announcing the 2022 sailing season for the 1885 schooner Pioneer and the 1930 tug WO Decker rides will run from May 25 to October 30, 2022 from Pier 16 (Fulton and South Streets). Advance tickets for the Pioneer and the Decker are available at

Join NYC Poets Afloat for their third annual group poetry reading aboard the tall ship Wavertree at the South Street Seaport Museum on May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. Nine poets spent time in micro-residences aboard ships in New York Harbor, meditating and writing poetry afloat. Now they come together to share their poetry in a reading group on the Wavertree Bridge. The event is free, but registration is required.

Tours on Wavertree are guided along a set route and will include access to the main deck and back deck. Discover how the people worked and lived aboard a 19th century cargo ship, from the captain to the ship’s officers, cooks and crew. Next, visit the cargo hold and stand atop the viewing platform where you can admire the huge main cargo area. Learn more about Visitors to Ambrose can tour the multiple decks of this National Historic Landmark to see the living and working spaces once inhabited by sailors stationed on Ambrose, as well as the special features that allow the ship to fulfill its mission to remain in station. , to be seen, and to be heard. Free guided tours of Ambrose will depart every hour. Learn more about

South Street and the Rise of New York explores the pivotal role played by the seaport and South Street in securing New York’s place as America’s premier city and its rise to become the world’s busiest port in the early Twentieth century. The exhibit draws from the Seaport Museum’s vast collection of artwork and artifacts via a large reproduction and selected artifacts on display related to the history of New York Harbor in the 19th century.

Millions: Migrants and Millionaires on the Great Ocean Liners, 1900-1914 is one of the first exhibitions to examine, side by side, the dichotomy between first and third class passengers aboard ocean liners at the turn of the 20th century. This exhibit features both original artifacts and reproductions from the museum’s permanent collection, including ocean liner memorabilia and ephemera, ceramics, and luggage trunks of immigrants and first-class passengers.

Seaport Discovery: Exploring our waters with Eric Carle

A new maritime-themed art discovery room by the late Eric Carle, beloved creator of young children’s picture books, Seaport Discovery: Exploring our Waters with Eric Carle is designed specifically for children aged 2-7 years and their adults. Huge immersive murals will bring families into Carle’s book A House for Hermit Crab and the freighter adventures of 10 Little Rubber Ducks. Visitors will enjoy activities such as meeting a live hermit crab, driving ferries on a giant game table, and seeing cargo ships through the eyes of a rubber duck, all while exploring the use of color and patterns by Carle. The exhibition will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in and May. In June, it will open Wednesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per child ages 1-12, with no charge for chaperones, teens, and infants. Advance tickets are recommended and can be reserved

Third Annual NYC Poets Afloat

Join NYC Poets Afloat for their third annual group poetry reading aboard the tall ship Wavertree at the South Street Seaport Museum on May 15, 2022 at 2 p.m. Nine poets spent time in micro-residences aboard ships in New York Harbor, meditating and writing poetry afloat. Now they come together to share their poetry in a reading group on the bridge. Poets include: Joseph Legaspi, Bonnie Jill Emanuel, Bill Livingston, Spurgeon Smith, Maya Mahmud, Laura Salvatore, Kyle Studstill, Brad Vogel and Matt Turner. The event is free, but registration is required. Registered donations will be used to support host ships/organizations around the port: Waterfront Barge Museum, Tideland Institute, Lilac Preservation Project, PortSide New York, South Street Seaport Museum and the Nellie Bly.

Sail through New York Harbor aboard the 1885 Schooner Pioneer

The only place to cruise New York Harbor aboard a historic 1885 schooner! Take in the sights of New York Harbor, the beautiful Lower Manhattan skyline, and Governors Island from the decks of this National Register of Historic Places ship. Bring the family for an afternoon of sailing, a date for a sunset sail, or just yourself to enjoy some history at sea. See the city from a new perspective as you grab a halyard to lift a sail or just sitting back and enjoying the view. Bring a picnic for lunch or dinner, an afternoon snack, drinks or a bottle of wine to enjoy during your two-hour sail.

Take a ride on the 1930 WO Decker Tugboat

Take a thrilling 75-minute ride on the last New York-built wooden tug WO Decker, recently named “Tug of the Year” by the Steamship Historical Society of America. Cruises will explore New York Harbor and views can include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Battery and Governors Island as you embark on an adventure like no other!

Schooner Pioneer and tug WO Decker are also available for charter from May to October 2022, and charter booking is now open. Charters sail through New York Harbor, one of the most fascinating ports in the world, and offer breathtaking views of the Statue of Liberty, the Brooklyn Bridge and the skylines of New York and New Jersey, as well as ‘a chance to witness all manner of vessels, from tugboats to cruise ships, carrying out their duties on the waterfront. Departing from Pier 16, these historic vessels are ideal for private sails, outings of group or company and the turning of photos or films. Prices range from $1,000 to $3,000 and early bird discounts are available. To reserve your group and book a personalized charter experience today, contact

Educational programs and excursions are offered on board both ships and booking for school groups is now open. Head to New York Harbor for an outdoor educational experience students will never forget. During a two- or three-hour sailing program, each class will enjoy unique activities such as towing on ropes to hoist the sail, viewing the Statue of Liberty and other historic landmarks, and the search for organisms at the bottom of the Port. Programs are customized to fit grade level and curriculum, with prices starting at $500. Scholarships are available and Title I school groups are encouraged to apply. For more information or to book your group today, contact

Seaport Museum memberships include unlimited access to museum exhibits, invitations to special events and great year-round discounts, including 20% ​​off WO Decker and Pioneer sails. Memberships start at $50 and help support Museum exhibits, preserve ships and collections, expand public programs, and serve more than 12,000 students each year through educational initiatives. To join the Museum as a member, visit

Be sure to check out the latest COVID-19 protocols at Please note that people over the age of 5 will need to show proof of full vaccination to enter the exhibit spaces. Proof of vaccination can be provided in the form of a physical vaccination card, NY Excelsior Pass app or NYC COVID Safe app when you check in at the front desk at 12 Fulton Street. Additionally, masks are required at all times in indoor spaces on the Seaport Museum campus.

The South Street Seaport Museum, located in the heart of New York’s historic South Street Seaport, preserves and interprets New York’s history as a great port city. Founded in 1967, the museum houses an extensive collection of artwork and artifacts, a maritime reference library, exhibition galleries and educational spaces, 19th-century print shops and an active fleet of historic ships that all work to tell the story of “Where New York Begins.”

]]> Murals by the Lewes artist adorn the interior of the Delaware Agricultural Museum Mon, 09 May 2022 15:06:29 +0000

Spring is a time of renewal and growth.

Nowhere is this more evident than at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, a private, nonprofit museum that represents Delaware’s largest and most important industry and serves as an interpretive center for life in the 19th century. century in rural Delaware communities.

Particular to the museum’s renewal initiatives is the artistry of Lewes resident Natalie McIntyre, who has worked tirelessly over the past two years to capture the beauty and charm of the rural Delaware landscape through her paintings.

McIntyre’s artistry is reflected in the murals adorning the walls of the museum’s main exhibition hall as well as in the individual paintings for sale in the museum’s gift shop. The murals provide the perfect backdrop for exhibits showcasing the work of Delaware artisans, the importance of the state’s chicken industry and the drivers of technological change in agriculture.

“I always look at what we see every day, whether it’s a bird on a roof, a tractor in a field or a random old snapshot. Very often I see something that makes me stop and look again – that’s what inspires me to paint. I love driving the winding roads of Delaware, but discovering the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village has given me new inspiration,” McIntyre said.

In the summer of 2022, through collaboration with a variety of private sector individuals, companies and organizations, the museum will launch a large-scale permanent indoor/outdoor exhibition titled Then One Day the Lights Came On, exploring the impact of rural electrification on agriculture and the lives of people in rural Delaware communities.

The museum’s general manager, Carolyn Claypoole, said: “Natalie is a truly gifted artist. Nowhere is her talent more evident than in the transitions mural she recently completed for the Rural Electrification exhibit, where she skillfully captures the essence of the Delaware countryside. Pictures don’t do it justice; you really need to see this mural and the other beautiful murals Natalie painted for yourself.”

To find out more, visit

After struggles, public Elgin museum begins to thrive with more programs, visitors, supporters, says director – Chicago Tribune Sat, 07 May 2022 16:03:00 +0000

Longtime residents of Elgin will remember field trips to the Elgin Public Museum of Natural History and Anthropology, exploring George and Mary Lord’s private natural history collection, including a three-legged calf heads and the huge Ice Age Irish elk hanging near the entrance.

A few years ago, we wondered if future generations could discover the museum at 225 Grand Blvd.

The coronavirus pandemic has thrown more curveballs for staff, board members and volunteers. There were no field trips. Fundraising has become more difficult. Revenue plummeted because the museum was unable to open during the shutdown.

Instead of celebrating its centenary, the public museum in Elgin had to reorganize.

“We have worked hard despite the obstacles the pandemic has put in our way,” said director Sharry Lynn Blazier. “Ironically, the pandemic has done us a lot of good. It gave us plenty of time to think about getting our house in order.

Today, she is very optimistic about the future of the museum. “We’re definitely on the right track,” she said.

Blazier recently gave Elgin City Council an update on the museum’s year-end finances, attendance and what’s to come this year. The board approved $60,000 in funding for the museum to maintain exhibits and provide educational programs to the community.

Under the contract, the museum must continue to provide a balanced budget, diversify its sources of revenue, increase its volunteer base, membership and general attendance by 20%, and establish new partnerships. It must also adopt a five-year strategic plan that identifies new exposures and outlines rebranding efforts.

Last year, he ended the year with a slight surplus of $29,000, Blazier said. The 2022 budget shows projected revenues of $110,000, including a one-time donation of $15,000 and expenses of $88,000, records show. Donations in the first half of 2022 already exceed last year, she said.

Four thousand people participated in special events and programs last year. It had the highest rate of renewals and new members, which was a vote of confidence, Blazier said. New board members have brought renewed energy to the museum, she said.

It held 55 programs in 2021, an increase from 2020. In 2019, there were 140 programs, Blazier said.

The Elgin Public Museum hosted events such as star gazing, a celebration of the winter solstice with song and campfire, musical performances by the Elgin Youth Symphony Orchestra and an exhibition of Lords Park through the lens of local photographers, Blazier said. She hopes to have more programs this year celebrating the city’s diversity.

Blazier, who served as educational programs coordinator and then became director in November, wrote grants this year to fund renovations to the La Salle Expedition and endangered species exhibit. A private donation funds improvements to the children’s discovery room.

The history of the museum is also on display, with timelines and treasured items like Tilly, a bear that once lived in Lords Park Zoo.

Construction of the museum began in 1906 and was completed in 1920 to house the Lord Collection, according to city records. It was called the Elgin Audubon Museum. It is the oldest building in Illinois used for its original purpose, city officials said.

When the Audubon Society disbanded in 1961, the city took over operations until 1975, when a nonprofit agency formed to manage the museum, according to city documents. It later became the Elgin Public Museum.

“There is a growing appreciation of what an architectural, anthropological and all-around gem is. It is an asset to the town of Elgin,” Blazier said.

A tour of the Elgin Public Museum will be offered to residents on Saturday, May 14. Visit the museum’s website, Elgin Public Museumfor more details.

Gloria Casas is a freelance journalist for The Courier-News.

The renovated room of the Natural History Museum houses treasures and pain Thu, 05 May 2022 16:12:58 +0000

Crafted from wood, iron, plant fibers and animal sinews, the model of 10 men paddling a canoe would strike most viewers as a beautiful object. But for Haa’yuups, head of the Takiishtakamlthat-h house of the Huupa’chesat-h First Nation on Vancouver Island, Canada, it also holds mystical power. A spiritual canoe, it represents the rippling of invisible oars in the water – a sound people in its community report hearing after cleansing themselves through fasting and bathing.

When the American Museum of Natural History’s Northwest Coast Hall reopens to the public on May 13 after a five-year, $19 million renovation, the spirit canoe — which hasn’t been shown before — will be one of the most of 1,000 artifacts on display. . Organized by Haa’yuups and Peter Whiteley, curator of North American ethnology at the museum, the redesigned exhibit expresses the perspectives of the 10 nations whose cultures are on display: emphasizing the objects’ spiritual and functional purposes for the people who made them, and incorporating community testimonies representing government repression of their culture.

The Northwest Coast Hall was the first gallery to open at the museum. Inaugurated in 1899 by Franz Boas, an anthropological giant who conducted extensive fieldwork in the Pacific Northwest, it embodied what was then cutting-edge thinking. In other museums, notably the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, indigenous peoples were considered “wild” who needed to be “civilized”.