Rokeby Museum receives two grants
FERRISBURGH — Rokeby Museum, a National Historic Landmark in Ferrisburgh, has received two grants.
The Walter Cerf Community Fund has awarded Rokeby a grant to be paid over three years to support exhibits, programs and publicity. Gallery space in the new Education Center allows the museum to showcase its collection through seasonal exhibits, and offer programs that accompany those exhibits — an important adjunct to fulfilling the museum’s mission. Getting the word out is crucial.
The Cerf Fund grant of $3,000 over three years means the Rokeby will be able to bring top-notch scholars and speakers for the 2016 exhibit of Quaker furniture and the 2017 show of abolitionist portraits by helping to pay for honoraria and travel. It will also support development and placement of promotional materials –— posters and ads — in appropriate venues.
Rokeby also received a grant from Historic New England, which awards $1,000 Community Preservation Grants to small or mid-sized heritage organizations in each of the six New England states every year. Rokeby’s grant will fund a survey of the Abenaki material in its collection.
Born and raised at Rokeby, Rowland Evans Robinson maintained a long and lively interest in Vermont’s Abenaki, with whom he had frequent contact. An avid sportsman himself, Robinson often encountered Abenaki hunters, trappers and fishermen in the woods and on the shores and trap lines. He collected hundreds of prehistoric pieces, including pottery shards, projectile points and stone tools. The Robinsons also purchased snow shoes, baskets, and other Abenaki-made items in the late 19th and early 20thcenturies.
Frederick Wiseman, emeritus professor from Johnson State College and ambassador at large for Scientific and Cultural Affairs for the Abenaki Nation, will conduct the survey and advise on context, cataloging, storage and, possibly, exhibition.