Cedar Hill Schoolhouse opens May 2

— Photo from the Bethlehem Historical Association

Families can reserve time on Saturdays in May and June for their kids to play and learn at the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum.

BETHLEHEM — The Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum, home of the Bethlehem Historical Association, is open Sunday afternoons from 2 to 4 p.m. beginning May 2.

Come explore how transportation formed Bethlehem history with “Rivers, Roads & Rails.” Step into an early classroom and see how our formal education system developed. Go Around the Mulberry Bush with early 20th-Century housewives as they go about their weekly chores.

Get acquainted with the Wilke family who farmed on Beaver Dam Road. Learn about events that took place right here in Bethlehem during the fight for the right of women to vote. Enjoy a new scavenger hunt to lead you through the various exhibits.

COVID-19 precautions are in place. Face coverings are required at all times on the property. Only 10 people will be allowed inside the schoolhouse at one time and you must complete a brief contact tracing form. High-touch surfaces will be sanitized on a regular basis.

The museum is located at 1003 River Road in Selkirk. You can also arrange to visit by appointment by calling Dawn Pratt at 518-767-2285. More information is online at bha1965.webs.com.


 Just for kids

Reserve the Cedar Hill Schoolhouse Museum for your family with special activities for children.

Aware that in the past year there have been few opportunities for children to get enrichment outside of the home, the Bethlehem Historical Association has put together some play-based learning activities designed for elementary-aged children.

They can explore the exhibits with scavenger hunts, try out a stereoscope, experience a hundred-year-old school desk, figure out the use of some now obsolete household tools, and more.

Sessions are available on Saturdays in May and June. For details and to schedule a time, call Linda Davies at 518-439-1686.

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