Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Museums feature children's books

Karalee Millerin the Star-Telegram describes a new idea for exhibits in children's museums; use children's books. Several exhibits currently touring U.S. museums include the Magic School Bus, Dr. Seuss, Good Night Moon, Curious George, Arthur the Aardvark, and Clifford. 'Joshua's Journey: A Black Cowboy Rides the Chisholm Trail' from Scholastic's My Name is America series has been at the Ft. Worth Children's Museum since November.

Fort Worth is the first of nine stops on a national tour for the exhibit about life on the Chisholm Trail. The exhibit was developed by the Fort Worth museum, along with Scholastic, the Youth Museum Exhibit Collaborative, the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the Cattle Raisers Museum.

...Visitors move through several themed areas filled with interactive activities, artifacts and historical photographs creating a sense of what life was like on the trail. 'Joshua's Journey' is the first children's museum exhibit to feature authentic Western artifacts, including a chuck wagon, spurs and hats. The 1,200-square-foot bilingual exhibit is structured to parallel the activities in the book -- kids go along for the ride as a young Joshua leaves his home in South Texas to help drive a herd of cattle up the Chisholm Trail.

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