Adult Programs

A MUSEUM FOR ALL AGES

Join us at the Museum for a glimpse into the past. METC has become a popular venue for programs for adults of all ages. We look forward to “looking backwards” with you!

WHAT’S IN A NAME? (PowerPoint)

People’s last names traditionally came from where they lived (geographic), from their fathers (patronymic), or from the work they did (occupational). This presentation focuses on occupational surnames, accompanied by pictures of objects from the Museum’s collection that match the names. If it is possible to supply the presenter with a list of the last names of audience members (both clients and staff) ahead of time, we can include that in the presentation.

TOOLING THROUGH ART, PART I & II (PowerPoint)

Many masterpieces of world art contain depictions of hand tools. This presentation shows these artworks, focusing in on the tools. Pictures of objects from the Museum’s collection are juxtaposed with the art slides to show the similarities. Background on the artists, the art, and the artifacts is included.

BOOKIN’ IT (hands-on)

Participants will learn the importance of books for all ages, and how books were originally made. They will make a variety of personal books, from original folios to creative and different shape books.

THROUGH A GLASS BRIGHTLY

The Museum boasts 56 stained glass windows, many adorned with quotes from the arts, sciences, and humanities. Participants see the beautiful details of the window designs and learn about the quotes and writers depicted in the windows. (PowerPoint on site visit or guided tour at METC)

WHAT’S COOKIN’? (hands-on)

Participants learn about old-fashioned cooking techniques through hands-on examination of cooking utensils and food-related artifacts from the Museum’s collection. The program concludes with an excerpt from a memoir and participants reminiscing about favorite recipes and food and cooking memories.

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE (PowerPoint)

Participants learn the history and culture behind academic regalia and other trappings involved in the graduation/commencement process.

HAIL TO THE CHIEF (PowerPoint)

Participants review some well-known facts, learn some interesting trivia, and debunk some common myths about our nation’s Presidents.

HERE COMES THE BRIDE  (PowerPoint)

Participants learn the historical background behind many of the traditions surrounding weddings and marriage.

SHIPWRECKED! (PowerPoint)

Participants learn about history-making shipwrecks from Colonial times to the present off the coast of New Jersey.

THE DOG DAYS OF SUMMER (PowerPoint)

Why do we say some of the crazy words & phrases we say? Learn the strange–& often amusing–origins of some of our most popular expressions.

DECODING THE PAST (hands-on)

Participants handle artifacts from the Museum’s collection to determine what these objects might be. They are encouraged to use observation skills (magnifying glasses provided), questioning skills & memory to “decode” the meaning of the artifacts.

TRISKAIDEKAPHOBIA (PowerPoint)

Perfect for Halloween time or Friday the 13th, this program highlights many of our common superstitions and the origins of these strange beliefs.

THE ABCs OF CANDY (PowerPoint)

This program–particularly popular around Halloween & Valentine’s Day–highlights familiar–and not-so-familiar–candies: one for each letter of the alphabet! Program concludes with some sugary & sugar-free samplings

Please contact Meg Wastie, Curator of Education, at 973-377-2982, ext. 12, or email schools@metc.org to arrange a program.
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