Looking for some ideas to delight, educate and inspire you and your family at home? The Maymont Mansion Historical Programming Team has some great suggestions.
Take a look at this week’s recommendations!
Midnight at the Mansion (The Virginia Mysteries Book 5) by Steven K. Smith
Steven K. Smith is a local author whose mystery books take place at locations around Virginia. In Midnight at the Mansion, the main characters Sam, Derek and Caitlin work to unravel a secret at the historic Maymont Mansion!
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
In E.L. Konigsburg’s novel, two siblings run away from home to live at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. While camping out at the museum, they become immersed in solving the mystery behind one of the museum’s new works of art. I loved this book growing up, and it is a great read for kids who enjoy mystery and adventure!
Favorite Maymont History Fact:
The Blue Drawing Room inside Maymont Mansion has decorative beading on the walls made out of…aluminum! Today we use aluminum to make soda cans and foil, but during the Dooleys’ time at Maymont, it was very valuable. This is because the process of making aluminum required electricity, which was still new in 1893. At the time, aluminum was more expensive than silver!
Movie Suggestion: Night at the Museum (2006) (PG)
Visit the American Museum of Natural History without leaving your couch! This movie is another favorite from my childhood. It follows the adventures of the night watchman who discovers that the museum exhibits come to life after dark.
Youtube Video Suggestion: National Geographics Kids – Are we there yet? Series
Travel around the world with siblings Julian and Rosie! In this video, the duo visits Italy and explores Venice by gondola. The Dooleys made two voyages to Europe that we know of and brought back art to decorate their home. In 1910 and 1912, they sailed on luxury steamships, the Mauretania and Lusitania, visiting places like Germany, France, and Italy. Their Italian Renaissance style lion chair, on display in the library, was inspired by the winged lion statues seen in Venice!
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