The plan was hatched at a meeting of the Mohawk Valley Museums Consortium when it was noticed that there were already a lot of museum opportunities planned for that day. The list of 21 is below, but for a complete list of participating Mohawk Valley Museums and a calendar of events, visit the website at www.mohawkvalleymuseums.com. You can also find them on Facebook.
21 on the 21st
21 Things To Do in the Mohawk Valley on May 21, 2011
(in no particular order)
1. Check out Archaeology Day at Johnson Hall State Historic Site- Walking Tour, artifact exhibit, presentation of a recent dig.
2. Visit Fort Johnson on Opening Day.
3. Watch the Culloden Living History Weekend at Fort Plain Museum – Scottish Battle Reenactment and Encampment, museum is open.
4. See the “Drawn to the Same Place: Rufus Grider and Fritz Vogt” Exhibit at the Arkell Museum in Canajoharie
5. Take a tour in Amsterdam during the Heart of the City Day – Tours of the Sanford Mansion, Greenhill Cemetery, St. Stanislaus Church, Lower Chuctanunda Creek, and the Noteworthy Iroquois Museum
6. At 2 PM swing by the Schenectady County Historical Society for a presentation by Neil Yetwin entitled “The Two Worlds of Major Mordecai Myers: A Jewish-American Hero”
7. Drive around and check out some historic churches- Indian Castle Church, Palatine Church, Stone Arabia Church, Episcopal Christ Church or First Reformed Church of Schenectady
8. See the “Canals During the Civil War” temporary exhibit at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site’s Visitor Center
9. Bike the Erie Canalway Trail from Amsterdam to Fort Hunter
10. Launch your kayak or canoe into the Schoharie Creek at the Schoharie Aqueduct Boat Launch at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site
11. Be inspired by the view and the history at the Shrine of North American Martyrs in Auriesville
12. Stroll through the Stockade District of Schenectady
13. Purchase some Native American jewelry or other craft item at the Keepers of the Circle Visitor Center in Rotterdam Junction
14. Take a house tour at the Mabee Farm, Rotterdam Junction, one of the oldest homes in the Mohawk Valley or join Beverly Cornelius’ bicycle basket making workshop.
15. Make plans to see the Vintage Ballston Spa Photographs at the National Bottle Museum.
16. Discover the carriage house and the one room schoolhouse at the Old Stone Fort in Schoharie.
17. Enjoy the historic village of Sharon Springs: have lunch at the American Hotel or the Black Cat Cafe and purchase some goat soap made at the Beekman Farm
18. Drive up one side of the Mohawk River and then down the other side. Take photographs of as many blue and yellow historic markers you can find. Pack a picnic lunch.
19. Call your favorite Mohawk Valley Museum and see if they need volunteers.
20. Make a donation to your favorite Mohawk Valley Museum.
21. Visit www.mohawkvalleymuseums.com