A MUSEUM FOR ALL AGES: Adult Programs at METC

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!

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.

BASEBALL IN 9 INNINGS (PowerPoint)

Participants learn interesting and fun facts about the history of baseball in America.  The presentation discusses past and present teams and players and encourages the audience to recall and talk about their baseball memories.

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Participants will learn the importance of books for all ages, and how books were originally made.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.

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.

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)

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.

LISTEN, MY CHILDREN (PowerPoint)

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

POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE (PowerPoint)

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

SHIPWRECKED! (PowerPoint)

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

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 for site visit or guided tour at METC)

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.

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, we can include that in the presentation.

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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