Through The Eyes of Children – Then and Now

Cape Cod Life  /  September/October 2023 /

Writer: Cape Cod Life Publications

The Martha’s Vineyard Museum celebrates 100 Years. “I look in the mirror through the eyes of the child that was me”  - Judy Collins Photos provided by Martha’s Vineyard Museum A child’s perspective is one we should look from more often. It reminds us of the simple things that have slowly been erased by the high-tech world we now live in. We may not even be aware of how critical it is to rediscover simple child’s play, for us and for the new generations who have grown up under the blinding glare of digital platforms. Kids today could benefit greatly by having the experience of what it was like to be a child long ago. The Martha’s Vineyard Museum is in its centennial year and with a mission of being an institution for folks who love the Vineyard, they seek to use Island history to keep us tethered to the tangible aspects of our past in order to ground us more deeply in the adventure of life.  Kate Logue, associate curator of exhibitions, worked with the museum’s education team and collection manager to create a synergy between what Logue describes as “the nostalgic charm of a bygone era with the interactive draw of modern exhibits.” The result is a new exhibit entitled 1923: A Kid’s Life on display through November 12th. Imagine being able to bring your child into an experience like this. There will be sections dedicated to “Home, School, and Play,” allowing kids to feel what it was like for a kid in the 1920s. They’ll engage with a vintage phone receiver that will be playing an oral history, a wooden play kitchen, dress-up clothes, a chalkboard, vintage books, and a chest filled with old-style toys. These things, along with enlarged photos of children at the historic Camp…

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