BY TRONE DOWD
This month at the King Manor Museum in Jamaica, children and families will be able to enjoy an arts and crafts seminar that will teach them the intricacies of fashionable accessories.
The seminar is part of the museum’s monthly “Hands-On History” events, which are held on the first Saturday of every month. According to Brittany Lester, King Manor’s director of education, this month will teach children about the process of making Colonial and Victorian era jewelry.
“The two eras represent both of the major time periods of our museum’s history,” Lester told the PRESS of Southeast Queens. “We are going to be using a bunch of jewelry components to put together our creations.”
The event is free of charge for participants of all ages. Lester said that after the class, attendees are welcome to take a tour of the King Manor Museum, which was once the home of American abolitionist Rufus King, who was also a signee of the Declaration of Independence.
According to Lester, the Hands-On History events give visitors a fun, interactive perspective on the history of Southeast Queens.
“We try to come up with new stuff every year,” she told the PRESS of Southeast Queens. “We will come up with some kind of craft or family activity—sometimes, a concert or trying your hand at baking or cooking food from a particular time period. It really depends on the month. But you can always expect something different.”
In addition to the Victorian and Colonial roots of Jamaica and one of its oldest historical figures, the museum frequently explores the nation’s Federalist era through events.
“After the American Revolution was over, the founders of this country had to settle down and figure out what was next,” she said. “Rufus King was very much involved with that. It’s a period that is very near and dear to us because it is part of the reason why this house is so important.”
Hands-On History: Braids and Buttons will take place on Nov. 4 at 1 p.m. at the King Manor Museum, located on 150-03 Jamaica Ave. For more information, call (718) 206-0545.
Reach reporter Trone Dowd by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (718) 357-7400, ext. 123.