Summer Program – Museum Lab: Exploring Collections

August 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm


Made possible by a Business Grant from the Rahway Chamber of Commerce
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
understand them.
•      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.

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