Rokeby Museum

Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh will host notable Vermont historians on Sept. 20, at 4 p.m. to present a double-lecture program “Exposing the Challenges: A Closer Look at Women’s Suffrage.” The event will take place outdoors with safe seating for 50; in the case of rain, the event will be held indoors for 25 people in-person with video recording available the next day. Reservations can be made by calling (802) 877-3406, or emailing “Social and political movements are complex beasts, to say the very least,” said museum director Catherine Brooks. “During the decades-long struggle...
A number of years ago, several literary-minded beekeepers got together to discuss how they might write the history of beekeeping in Vermont. Fast forward to 2020, and “The Land of Milk & Honey: A History of Beekeeping in Vermont” is now available. “Land of Milk and Honey” co-author and experienced beekeeper Ross Conrad will speak about this fascinating history at Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh on Sunday, Sept. 13, at 3 p.m., outdoors (or indoors with social distancing and masks required.) Conrad will present an overview of the history of Vermont beekeeping with a special emphasis on Addison...
FERRISBURGH — Two Ferrisburgh institutions, Rokeby Museum and Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, were among the 22 organizations in Vermont, New York and Quebec to receive grants from the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP). The grants are given to organizations that promote and protect Champlain Valley history. Smuggling, bootlegging and moonshining are among the many stories of the Champlain Valley’s past that will be highlighted by the 22 new projects. The grants will support work to showcase local history, conserve museum collections and support internships in museums...
At Rokeby Museum, where I am a trustee, we have embarked on the challenge of adding advocacy for social and racial justice to our mission. In light of renewed efforts to disrupt and dispel white supremacy after the murder of George Floyd, I have been thinking about what this means. Much of my reading has been helpful, but nothing so much as the words of Bettina Love in an interview just over a year ago. A professor of education at the University of Georgia, Dr. Love’s writing, research, teaching, and activism meet at the intersection of race, education, abolition. In a 2019 interview, she...

STUDY, SELFIE, GRAPHITE on paper, Courtney Clinton. Courtesy of Rokeby Museum
FERRISBURGH — What does the age of social distancing look like for visual artists? Musicians are live streaming, authors are tweeting and Montreal artist Courtney Clinton is currently navigating a remote arts residency with the Rokeby Museum. As she dives into the archives of a young artist’s 19th-century correspondence course, Clinton is producing her own modern-day correspondence class, which will be made available to the public July 27-Oct. 5. While remote education is a hot topic in our current pandemic context, this project looks at a history of remote arts education to see how art...
“A common danger unites even the bitterest of enemies,” said the philosopher Aristotle. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed fault lines that separate people of color and whites, and it continues to shine a light on the terrible effect that white supremacy and structural racism have had historically in America. COVID emerges, and with it, disparities Although the first known case in the U.S. was Jan. 20, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t make it into national news until early February. Several weeks later, on March 27, five U.S. lawmakers (Sens. Harris, Brooker, Warren, Pressley, and...

FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum has announced the retirement of director Catherine Wood Brooks, who accepted a three-year term in 2017. “It has been an incredible honor to serve as director,” Brooks says. “Rokeby’s historical resources are vast. I have thoroughly enjoyed working to share Rokeby’s stories with an ever- widening audience.” Under Brooks’ leadership, the museum has experienced growth in attendance, income and giving. “Catherine’s creative and energetic touch has resulted in new programs, new collaborations and a heightened awareness of Rokeby as a dynamic, relevant organization it...

19TH-CENTURY FERRISBURGH resident and author Rowland Evans Robinson is the subject of a lecture and discussion at Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby museum on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m. Photo/Rokeby archives
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will host a lecture, reading and discussion of Rowland Evans Robinson, (1833-1900), one of Vermont’s most beloved writers. The event, which will be held on Sunday, March 15, at 3 p.m., is meant for those both new and familiar with the author. Robinson was the son of the abolitionists Rowland and Rachel Robinson, who aided fugitives from slavery at their home, Rokeby, in Ferrisburgh. When Rowland’s eyesight began to fail after a successful career as an illustrator, he turned to writing. He would publish nine books during his lifetime; his family published four more...

'DAISY AND THE Doll” is a true story as told by Vermont’s African American storyteller Daisy Turner.
FERRISBURGH — In recognition of Black History Month, Rokeby Museum will be open Sundays in February, from noon to 5 p.m., for exhibits and special programs for children, teens and adults.  Admission to the museum is $10/adult; $8/children age 5 and up. The museum is located at 4334 Route 7 in Ferrisburgh. For more info call (802) 877-3406 or email “Free & Safe: the Underground Railroad in Vermont” Sunday, Feb. 2, 12-5 p.m. In honor of Black History Month, visitors may take advantage of special winter hours to visit the only permanent exhibition in New...
FERRISBURGH — In recognition of Black History Month, Rokeby Museum will be open Sundays in February, from noon to 5 p.m., for exhibits and special programs for children, teens, and adults. From noon to 5 p.m., on Sunday, Feb. 2, Rokeby will open its doors for “Free & Safe: the Underground Railroad.” Museum staff will be available in the galleries for conversation about the museum’s award-winning multi-media exhibit. “Free & Safe” is the only permanent exhibition in New England that addresses slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad. It tells the story of Simon and Jesse, two...


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