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Subject: Fairbanks Museum e-news
Date: Fri, 17 Mar 2006 15:58:52 -0500

  Fairbanks Museum & Planetarium

St. Johnsbury, VT


 March 2006


Opening reception with photographer Richard Brown

Friday, March 24, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Museum

Richard Brown has been documenting the people, landscapes, communities and traditions of Vermont for over three decades. Meet the artist and preview this rare special exhibition of Richard Brown's early photographs that focus on the farm culture that was once common in northern New England. Tom Slayton, Editor of Vermont Life magazine, says in his introduction to this exhibit, "These photographs show us a Vermont that is all but extinct: the small farms of upland Vermont that began to fail a century ago, and now are almost completely gone. It was a world shaped by endless cycles of  hard physical work, a world that would find the abundance we enjoy today unimaginable, yet a world with its own dignity, rewards, and beauty." This exhibit will be on view through October 29.

Please RSVP for the opening reception by e-mail to [log in to unmask] or by calling 748-2372.


A new series of workshops reveal the secrets and skills that once flourished in the rural Northeast. In partnership with the Northeast Kingdom Artisans Guild, the Museum will extend its annual Festival of Traditional Crafts through the oldest tradition of them all: passing knowledge from one hand to the next. Learn from experts in rug braiding, soap making, basketry, woodcarving, and much more. The Windham Foundation provided support to launch this full-year program.

April workshops include Black Ash Basket Making with Jesse Larocque and Felting with Amanda Weisenfeld. See the calendar for April and May at

For more information or to register call Shannon Anderson at 802/ 748-2372.


Wednesdays, May 3 - 24, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 27, 7:00 a.m. to noon

Take part in one or all of the engaging workshops led by Museum Executive Director Charlie Browne. For experienced birders and newcomers, this is a chance to deepen your connection with the colors and sounds of spring and to understand the natural habitats of birds in the Northeast Kingdom. For more information, call Shannon Anderson at 802/ 748-2372 or visit the Museum calendar online http://www.fairbanksmuseum.org/welcome_calendar.cfm


Radon is a radioactive gas formed by the breakdown of uranium in the rocks of the earth’s crust. It is also the second leading cause of lung cancer in this country.  Radon passes through the cracks and fissures in the rocks, through the pores in the soil and eventually out into the atmosphere.  There is a small normal level of radon in the air around us. However, at elevated levels, it can be lethal. More than 15,000 lung cancer deaths a year in the US can be traced to radon. The only way to know how much radon is present is to test. The Vermont Health Department and the Fairbanks Museum have a grant from the United States EPA to offer free test kits in Vermont.  Test results will let you know if the level of Radon is acceptable, or if simple changes can be put in place.  For your health, and that of your family, testing for radon is something to care about!

For a free radon test kit, please call Patricia Swartz at the Museum 802/ 748-2372 ext. 105, email [log in to unmask], or visit http://www.fairbanksmuseum.org/education_radon.cfm

Discover the benefits of membership ... to find out more, call us at 802-748-2372 or visit our membership page at http://www.fairbanksmuseum.org/membership.cfm

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