The Junior Heritage Trip began with a visit to The Woodman Institute Museum, Dover, NH. This museum consists of three Federal era buildings and one 17th century structure. This museum, set up in 1915, is dedicated to history, science, and the arts. The students enjoyed an eclectic mix of artifacts, from the last saddle Abraham Lincoln used, to a 10 foot polar bear, and antique musical instruments to a chair that President Taft broke when he sat in it. The rotating exhibit compared numerous common place items that have been replaced by phone apps. It's not everyday that students can explore a fully intact 1675 garrison house and step outside to admire a Ferrari. After the museum, we traveled west to Vermont where we spent the night. A special thanks from PTA to the Adventist church members in Barre, who prepared a first class hot meal for us, and also provided us a place to sleep.
Day 2 of PTA's Junior Heritage Trip began at the Shelburne Museum, a fantastic museum of art, design, and Americana located in Shelburne, Vermont, near Lake Champlain. The students enjoyed exploring among the over 150,000 works in 39 exhibition buildings. Following this, our group traveled to the Rokeby Museum, an 18th-century farmstead with exhibits related to its history as an Underground Railroad shelter. Included in this museum was an exhibit called "The Fabric of Emancipation." The day's adventure was capped off by a trip to the Ben and Jerry's Factory in Waterbury.
On day 3, we visited the Wright Museum of WWII in Wolfeboro, NH. This museum houses 14,000 items pertaining to the Second World War, especially focusing on the Home Front.