Learning Continues At Trades Museum During Summer

Summer may be in full swing, but there are still exciting camp programs and exhibits at the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts in Madison.

In August, the METC education department is offering creative, engaging and hands-on summer camps in a series of one or two-day sessions. All sessions run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and most are for children entering grades 1 through 4.

On Wednesday, Aug. 22, “Mythical Creatures,’’ will draw inspiration from the griffin in the garden and the dragon in the fireplace to explore many mythological creatures and their tales.

“Are We There Yet?” is a two-day session offered on Tuesday and Wednesday, Aug. 28 and Aug. 29. Children will explore what it was like to get around before cars and will have the opportunity to discover the science, art and technology behind carriage, train and boat travel.  For more information and to register, visit www.metc.org.

Current exhibits may also be explored by individuals. “Are We There Yet? Stories of Travel by Stagecoach and Steam,’’ explores 18th and 19th century travel just prior to the era of the automobile. Travel has always connected people to each other.  Today, we take for granted the cars, trains, buses and planes we use to commute to work, visit family and journey to exotic places; but early travel was much more complicated. The 19th century saw explosive growth in transportation networks- from stagecoach routes to railroads-that made connection to others easier than ever before. Indeed, traveling by stagecoach or train 150 years ago was a very different experience- dirty, dusty and wearisome.

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