Rokeby Museum


THE KOWAL FAMILY Band, featuring Maddie (13/fiddle), Finn (16/banjo), Ted (11/mandolin) and Max (17/guitar), will play at the Rokeby Museum’s Harvest Day on Sept. 19, from 12-3 p.m.
On Sept. 19, from 12-3 p.m., Rokeby Museum is hosting a family-friendly, autumnal celebration outside on the Rokeby lawns. The afternoon will be filled with kids activities, including crafts, games, story time and music. Author Eugenie Doyle, will hold a read-along of her book, “Sleep Tight Farm,” at 12:30 p.m. Afterward, Rokeby staff will lead a historic tool talk and demonstration, sharing stories about family, food, farming and changes through time. Children are invited to paint harvest murals and participate in leaf collecting crafts and games. Free apples are provided by Champlain...

Volunteers serve pie at the annual Pie & Ice Cream Social at Rokeby Museum a few years back. This Ferrisburgh staple is back on the table this year. Don’t miss the 36th annual event on Sunday, Aug. 15, from 1-4 p.m.
Are you a lover of all things pie? Yes. (Come on, who isn’t.)  Peach, apple, rhubarb, pecan, mince, all the berries you can imagine… pie. Yum. Well, we’re all in luck, because a spread of at least 54 pies, baked by over 20 volunteers, will be open to the public to come an enjoy during Rokeby Museum’s annual Pie & Ice Cream Social this Sunday, Aug. 15, from 1-4 p.m. “This will be the 36th year the museum has hosted this event,” said Lindsay Houpt-Varner, who took over as director of Rokeby Museum in the fall of 2020. “The first pie social was held in 1985. It’s a community staple.”...

VISITORS CHECK OUT some of the outbuildings on the grounds of Ferrisburgh’s Rokeby Museum, which is getting preservation upgrades this month thanks to a gift of $20,000 in construction work from PC Construction of South Burlington. Independent photo/Steve James
FERRISBURGH — The Rokeby Museum urgently needed repairs to its 200-year-old home in Ferrisburgh. PC Construction Co., an employee-owned business in South Burlington, was looking for a good project for its annual plan of community giving and involvement. And so, they’re partners. PC Construction will complete $20,000 worth of repairs this month — adding accessible handrails, replacing deteriorated porches, fixing the grainery, and removing and replacing plaster on some interior walls. “We hope this partnership will help broaden the museum’s reach, allowing more Vermonters and visitors to learn...
Rokeby Museum officially opened their seasonal exhibit for the summer on May 30. “A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer,” explores the career of Rachael Robinson Elmer (1878-1919) and her early 20th-century success as a professional illustrator. Exhibiting artistic talent at an early age, Elmer was first trained by her parents and then, as a teenager, enrolled in a correspondence course to further her skills. She studied at Goddard College and at the Art Students League of New York. During that time, she began her career as an illustrator, producing drawings for her...
Rokeby Museum will reopen to the public on May 9 and remain open for the 2021 season until Oct. 24. Starting May 9, Rokeby Museum’s permanent exhibit “Free & Safe,” interpretive trail, and agricultural outbuildings will be open free for members or with paid admission for non-members. Opening May 30, the Museum’s 2021 seasonal exhibit, “A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer” will open to the public. This exhibit explores Rachael Robinson Elmer as a modern artist navigating the expanding profession of commercial artistry in the early 20th century. Visitors will view...

TUCKER FOLTZ
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum in Ferrisburgh recently hired Tucker Foltz for its newly created Education Programs Manager position. Foltz is a public historian with a background in education and museum interpretation. Before joining Rokeby, Foltz worked for the National Park Service, Maryland Historical Society, the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, and most recently served as Interpretation Supervisor at Filoli Historic House Museum and Gardens in Woodside, Calif. Foltz said he is happy to return to his home state of Vermont and join Rokeby Museum as the education programs...
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum will reopen to the public on May 9 and remain open for the 2021 season until October 24, 2021. Starting May 9, Rokeby Museum’s permanent exhibit “Free & Safe,” interpretive trail, and the agricultural outbuildings will be open free for members or with paid admission for non-members. Opening May 30, the Museum’s 2021 Seasonal Exhibit, “A Modern Artist: The Commercial Art of Rachael Robinson Elmer” will open to the public. This exhibit explores Rachael Robinson Elmer as a modern artist navigating the expanding profession of commercial artistry in the early 20th...
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum has announced that PC Construction has stepped up as the Museum’s 2021 Preservation Sponsor. Under the partnership, the employee-owned construction firm will complete approximately $20,000 worth of preservation work on the over 200-year-old structures on the site, addressing some urgent needs the Museum had not secured funding to accomplish. The high-priority projects will make buildings safer and more accessible by adding handrails and replacing deteriorated porches. Additional work includes structural repairs for the grainery, and removal and replacement of 1815...

NEW ROKEBY MUSEUM Director Lindsay Houpt-Varner took over for Catherine Brooks on Sept. 21. Thanks to a generous anonymous donation, Houpt-Varner will be the Ferrisburgh historic site’s first full-time director. Brooks, who leaves after a planned three-year tenure, will stay on through October to help with the transition. Photo courtesy of Rokeby
FERRISBURGH — The new director of Ferrisburgh historic site Rokeby Museum earned degrees in History and Government & Political Affairs at Millersville University in Pennsylvania, and then a PhD at Durham University in the U.K. Maybe just as importantly Lindsay Houpt-Varner said she has a passion for history first developed as a youngster. Houpt-Varner, a 34-year-old native of Carlisle, Penn., said her family helped her catch a history bug that teachers further nurtured. “Whenever we would go on vacations we would go to museums, and we would travel around the Eastern Seaboard and visit...
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 admin@rokeby.org. “Social and political movements are complex beasts, to say the very least,” said museum director Catherine Brooks. “During the decades-long struggle...

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