A Child’s World – The idea for A Child’s World came from our smallest fans, the hundreds of school children who visit our museum each year. Eager to see how children lived in the past, these visitors asked and we responded.
A Child’s World will present a view of childhood stretching from colonial times to the present exploring ideas of education, family, and child labor. Children and adults alike will have the opportunity to see beautifully-wrought samplers made by young girls, as well as less pleasant reminders of 19th century childhood, indenture papers of young children. Any exhibit on children has to explore the concept of play and we are pleased to display countless toys and games which will delight young and old.
Several programs will be offered during the exhibit that appeal to children and families. Dave Ruch, singer-storyteller, will enchant audiences with his songs about the Erie Canal, Native Americans, and New York State. An accomplished musician, Ruch will perform the banjo, mandolin, guitar, jew’s harp, and washtub bass, along with the participation of the audience. Ruch will perform at the Cayuga Museum on May 31st at 2:00 p.m. His performance is made possible with the support of the New York State Council on the Humanities. On July 16th, museum director, Eileen McHugh will conduct a workshop on cross-stitch, providing a rich history of this art alongside historic examples. For young girls, the needle arts were an essential part of their education as future mothers and homemakers. Supplies will be provided for this workshop. Please call to reserve your and/or your child’s place. A workshop on the basics of knitting will be provided the following week, on Wednesday, July 23rd. Yarn will be provided.
Cayuga Museum of History and Art
Case Research Lab Museum
203 Genesee St
Auburn, NY 13021