Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Hands on History: Travel with the Skinners

WHAT: February School Vacation Program 

WHEN: February 17, 18 and 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
WHERE: Wistariahurst Museum
COST: Admission $12 general / $10 members

February Vacation Program

Hands on History: Travel with the Skinners

HOLYOKE: Learn about far away places without leaving Holyoke. Wistariahurst was home to the Skinner family, remarkable men and women who travelled extensively and brought many cultural souvenirs back to their home in Holyoke. We invite you to travel with the Skinners on their trips to Egypt, Japan, and France at the turn of the last century! View their historic travel photo albums, map their journey and hear about their exciting experiences in different cultures. Examine pictures and historical documents and create a sample souvenir reminiscent of the Skinner’s travels based on materials and cultural imagery of the region. This program will make you feel like a tourist to another time and place.

Tuesday, February 17— Egypt
Join our expedition to uncover the ancient mysteries of Egypt. Model your own pyramid
and use ancient symbols to decorate it and leave a secret message.

Wednesday, February 18— Japan
Travel to Japan, known for its beautiful art and silk. The Skinner family imported silk from Japan and brought back souvenirs from their travels. Create good luck charms as souvenirs of your visit to Japan.

Thursday, February 19— France
Enjoy a trip to France , Belle Skinner’s second home. A center of art and culture, France will inspire the artist in everyone. Bring home your own miniature painting on its own easel.

This program is appropriate for ages 8 and above. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required.

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