Posts by: Ashley Hopkins-Benton

Place-based learning is in my blood

Museum educator Ashley Hopkins-Benton says place-based learning is in her blood. Her father, Barry Hopkins, and other family members impressed on her the importance of place and inspired her career. In this essay, she shares some thoughts and pays tribute to her father who passed away in 2007.

Kids get to know farmers, farmers get to know THV at Kinderhook Farmers Market

I conscripted some young visitors to serve as historians, and asked them to gather stories from vendors. Given the range of ages and the time frame (kids are generally at the market while their parents shop), I provided my young volunteers with just a few questions, and suggested that they also draw something that interested them.