Calling all history and museum-lovers for a one-week, hands on workshop!
Under the direction of a professional archaeologist, an archivist, and a published history author, participants will learn about what sorts of historical items museums collect, how we learn from them, and how we can preserve them – using actual historical materials that are hundreds of years old! During this week-long program, we will:
• Unbox stores of archaeological artifacts dug up on the grounds,
and learn how you can help the museum preserve and
• Examine hand-written records older than the Declaration of Independence, and try to read them ourselves, while also learning how to
take care of very old documents.
• Take a walk through the historic Rahway Cemetery, and find out what
we can learn from old
gravestones, and how American’s relationship to death has changed from the Colonial days to
Children and teens of middle- and high-school age with interest in the subject matter. Previous experience is not required – just enthusiasm for history and museums! FEES Free to youth whose families are members of the museum. (Non-member families can join the museum and camp for the cost of a $25 family membership.) All supplies are provided, but participants are asked to pack their own lunch every day.
Registration will be done in-person. Young people interested in registering for the program should call 732-381-0441 and arrange to stop by the museum with a parent or guardian during open hours (Tuesday-Thursday-Friday 10AM-4PM, and the 1st and 3rd Saturdays and 2nd and 4th Sundays of each month 12PM-4PM).
The program will be run by a professor of archaeology, with help from a library archivist and schoolteachers, and successful completion can potentially be counted as internship experience.
MDTMA - 1632 St. Georges Ave - Rahway, NJ 07065 - (732)381-0441 ***
Mailing address: PO Box 1842 - Rahway, NJ 07065
Funding has been made possible in part by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, through a grant administered by the Union County Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs, Department of Parks & Recreation.
The MDTMA is dedicated to preserving the Merchants and Drovers Tavern (c. 1795/1820), the Terrill Tavern (c. 1735), developing the site as a tavern museum and to interpreting the important role played by taverns in early American history; to provide a regional educational, cultural and historic resource; and to preserve local history.