Afternoon at the Yager Museum, May 7, 2016

Hartwick’s Yager Museum to Host Family-Friendly Event

April 25, 2016

Hartwick College’s Yager Museum of Art & Culture is pleased to invite families to enjoy an “Afternoon at the Museum: Family Fun Day at the Yager.” The program takes place on Saturday, May 7 from noon to 4 p.m. and will include a variety of educational and hands-on activities for children and their families to enjoy.

The day will include creating your own photo prints; a junior archaeological dig, at which participants will uncover hidden objects while learning some of the techniques involved at actual dig sites; a chance to catalog objects and think like a curator; a landscape-drawing activity inspired by the Museum’s painting collection; and storytelling focused on Iroquois folktales.

Weather permitting, there will also be a demonstration of Atlatl spear throwing by Birchwood Archaeology Services – a Gilbertsville, NY company dedicated to the research, procurement and analysis of past historic and prehistoric materials – on Frisbee Field, outside the main entrance of Yager Hall.

The program was created by students in the College’s museum studies class “Places of Learning: Museums and Education.” Ten students – under the direction of instructors Liz Callahan and Kajsa Harley of the Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith, NY – designed the afternoon program for all ages to enjoy and learn about the exhibits currently on display.

“The Museum staff has been collaborating with the class throughout the Spring Term,” said Doug Kendall, coordinator of the Yager Museum. “We’re excited to see the students’ hard work result in a day of family-friendly activities. We hope this will be the first of many opportunities for families with children to participate in Museum activities.”

The students undertook all aspects of program development, including outreach to community partners, designing the activities, marketing the event, ensuring facilities and food services were provided, designing promotional materials, and recruiting volunteers to assist with the program. The students selected activities that complement the Museum’s exhibitions and foster an experiential learning environment.

The class is a prime example of Hartwick’s philosophy of Liberal Arts in Practice, as the students have gone beyond theory to create and implement a complete program for families visiting the Museum.

For more information on the Yager Museum, visit www.hartwick.edu/museum or contact Kendall at 607-431-4423 or kendalld@hartwick.edu.