If you’ve never been to the Rokeby Museum, this month would be a great time to visit. The museum, just off Route 7 in Ferrisburgh, houses the only permanent exhibition in New England that addresses slavery, abolition, and the Underground Railroad.
In recognition of Black History Month, they’ve planned some special exhibits and events each Sunday in February — including a workshop for 4-8 year olds on Sunday, February 16.
At the workshop, which starts at 2 p.m., kids will read Daisy and the Doll, a true story as told by Vermont’s African American storyteller Daisy Turner. The story takes place in Grafton, Vermont in the 1890s, when Daisy was 8 years old. Her teacher gave Daisy a doll and a poem to present at an end-of- school program, but instead of memorizing the poem, Daisy surprised everyone by reciting a poem of her own.
Children will find out what happened next, and then make a doll using wooden clothespins and other materials that Daisy would have had for making playthings.
The workshop is free with regular admission: $10 for adults; $8 for children 5 and under; free for kids under 5.
Check out the Rokeby website for details on the other Sunday events.