A MUSEUM FOR ALL AGES: Adult Programs at METC

These programs can be presented at your facility or at the Museum in the beautiful James Library Building, completed in 1900. Programs are $100 plus travel costs if presented at your location.

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.

BACK TO SCHOOL (hands-on)

Re-live schooldays with this hands-on program  that reviews the 3 Rs & other activities in the one room schoolhouse. Participants will handle artifacts that tell the story of Early American education.

BASEBALL IN 9 INNINGS (PowerPoint)

Learn fun facts about the interesting and varied background and history of America’s game: from its inception, to strange superstitions, to the “seventh inning stretch.” This presentation discusses past and present teams and players and encourages the audience to recall and talk about their baseball memories.

BOOKIN’ IT (hands-on)

In this hands-on program participants will learn the importance of books for all ages, and how books were originally made.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.

DECODING THE PAST (hands-on)

This engaging program will challenge participants’ observation, questioning and memory skills as they try to “decode” the name and use of artifacts from the Museum’s collection.

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.

HAIL TO THE CHIEF (PowerPoint)

Presidential fact or fiction! Participants will learn facts, trivia and debunk some common myths about our nation’s Presidents.

HERE COMES THE BRIDE  (PowerPoint)

From the dresses, veils and honeymoons, participants learn the fascinating and unexpected background behind many of the traditions surrounding weddings and marriage.

LISTEN, MY CHILDREN (PowerPoint)

“Listen, my children, and you shall hear of the midnight ride of Paul Revere. . . .” Participants will hear Longfellow’s classic poem and discuss its factual and not-so-factual details while learning about the historical events that inspired it.

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE (PowerPoint)

Put on your mortar boards! Participants will discover the culture and history of the graduation/commencement process and academic regalia.

REMEMBER THE LADIES (PowerPoint)

“How about a program about the First Ladies?” asked some of our audience members after seeing our “Hail to the Chief” program about US presidents. This program explores the history, interesting stories and valuable contributions of our country’s First Ladies, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump.

SHIPWRECKED! (PowerPoint)

Grab your life preservers and learn about history-making shipwrecks from Colonial times to the present off the coast of New Jersey.

THROUGH A GLASS BRIGHTLY (PowerPoint)

Get the insider view of the 56 stained glass windows at the Museum, many adorned with quotes from the arts, sciences, and humanities. Participants will observe the beautiful details of the window designs and learn about the quotes and writers depicted in the windows. This presentation includes a guided tour of METC if held at the Museum.

TOOLING THROUGH ART, PART I & II (PowerPoint)

Many masterpieces of world art contain depictions of hand tools and household artifacts. 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.

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.

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.

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, our educators can include that in the presentation.

 For more information or to schedule a program, please contact the education department at 973-377-2982 ext. 12 or email education@metc.org

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