Free Museum Days

Even with criticism of over-scheduled youth, there is still a part of me that believes carefully laid out plans and a boxed lunch can accomplish anything. The voice in my head warns me that we’re one pit stop away from complete chaos. The other devil argues that just a small percentage of kids are over-scheduled while a good portion do nothing at all. So I justify our carefully laid out plans knowing we will be waylaid along the way. That said, the June 6th Plattsburgh Museum Day seems more museum marathon than museum day.

This is not an open door to one museum but eight different venues offering lectures, children activities and free admission. I spin briefly wondering how to fit it all in.

The earliest event is the North Country Underground Railroad Historical Association Conference at SUNY Plattsburgh (8:30-10:00 a.m.) where one can learn about the Champlain Valley Underground Railroad Canadian connection. Then perhaps to the Feinberg Library where films on the Underground Railroad, Adirondack Great Camps and the founding of SUNY Plattsburgh will be shown continuously from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Near downtown The Strand and North Country Cultural Center for the Arts is showcasing its Theatre for Youth (9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) and Kindermusik (9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.) programs.

This is when a decision needs to take place. The Alice Miner Museum, in Chazy, will show two guided tours, one at 10:00 a.m. and the other at noon. The Kent DeLord House is open the latest, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., with children’s activities at the Carriage House and in the old gardens.

Once that scheduling wrinkle is worked out head to the museum complex at the old Air Force base and take in a guided tour of the Champlain Valley Transportation Museum between 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.. Enjoy the Kids’ Station where author/poet Janice Stanley and illustrator Tamia Gastio will autograph their latest book from A Whimsical World series. Just down the road at the Clinton County Historical Association Museum there will be exhibits on textiles, Redford Glass, war artifacts and the Underground Railroad while children can register for the “Boats and Lighthouses” program (10:30, 12:00, 1:30, 3:30) and learn about shipping, lighthouses and build a small ship to take home. The Battle of Plattsburgh Association will have historical re-enactors and guided tours through the museum (10 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m.)

Of course if Plattsburgh isn’t on your agenda this Saturday there is always the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake where it’s free to year-round residents of the Park for the whole month of June.

as published in the Adirondack Daily Enterprise


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