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14 Hudson Valley Parent n August 2016 can be considered primary sources. • Exhibit - a collection of objects or artifacts and images with written text explaining what they are and why they are important. Exhibits can also use lights, sounds, and even smells to help understand the subject. • Artifact - an historical or period object used by people in the past. It can be an everyday item, something valuable, or even a piece of trash Learning in action While there, here are some educa- tional activities to try: • Math and economics - Write up a shopping list for your household then take it to the Merritt Store and compare today's prices to 1870 prices. • Social Studies - When check- ing out an artifact in the Natural History or another building, try to guess what the artifact was used for before you read the label. Next, try to figure out what modern invention replaced it. Bringing it home Once you've returned from the day's adventure, let the memory lin- ger on by making your own butter. A t Museum Village in Monroe, you can travel back in time without having to leave the Hudson Valley. This open-air his- torical museum re-creates life in the 19th century, complete with a black- smith, candle shop, schoolhouse, and Harry, one of only three full mastodon skeletons in the world. You can spend an entire day living like your ancestors and still make it home in time to cook a modern dinner. Before you go Head to your local library and read up on what life in the 19th century was like and the changes the Industrial Revolution brought to it. Some recommended titles are: • "So Far From Home: the Diary of Mary Driscoll, an Irish Mill Girl" by Barry Denenberg • "The Peterkin Papers" by Lucre- tia P. Hale • "Industrial Revolution: Age of Invention" by Nicolas Brasch Although you'll only need to bring comfortable shoes and a sense of adventure, here's a bit of vocabulary you'll hear while visiting: • Mastodon - a large, extinct mammal that lived about 10,000 years ago • Industrial Revolution - the peri- od of time from about 1760 to 1840 when machines rather than human hands began to make products • Primary Source - document, let- ter, newspaper, magazine, or diary/ journal from a historical time period used to interpret and understand that time period. Photographs, film, paintings, music, and other objects On the road again! Visiting Museum Village You'll need: • 1 pint heavy whipping cream • a large bowl of ice water • salt to taste (optional) • a jar with a tight-fitting lid Here's what you do: 1. Pour a pint of heavy cream into the jar and shake vigorously. You will likely need to use different family members as shakers to avoid fatigue. Continue shaking until the butter has solidified. 2. Pour off the excess buttermilk (you can save it for baking - or drinking!) 3. Pour ice water over the butter and press the remaining buttermilk out with a spatula or spoon. Keep rinsing and squishing the butter with the ice water until the water runs clear. 4. Add salt to taste and work it through the butter. 5. Spread over the snack of your choice and enjoy! If you go: Museum Village 1010 State Route 17M Monroe, NY 10950 845-782-8248 or 845-782-8248 Open from 11 a.m. to 4pm Tuesday through Sunday (through September 3) and11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sun (from September 12 through November 8) Admission: $10/adults and $8/ children 4-12 (free for children under 4) Even the goats enjoy lunchtime at Museum Village. Photo Courtesy of Museum Village

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