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It is said that a nation’s brilliance and ability to prosper is directly dependent upon its people’s education.

The great American writer and philosopher, Will Durant, once said, “Education is the transmission of civilization.” The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center supports the imperative role that education plays in the continued growth of our community members –young and old alike -and its future generations.

KYGMC offers field trip opportunities to students that they may not have known existed, and exposes them to learning experiences that cannot be duplicated inside the classroom. Our field trips can meet a variety of needs and can enhance deep, active learning. We have artifacts and exhibits that provide opportunities for learning through direct experience, reaching the student who does not learn as well from traditional modes of teaching. Our museum provides opportunities for students to practice observation skills which enhance the hands-on inquiry mode teaching. They also provide the teacher with the opportunity to get to know their students in greater depth in terms of how the students see the world differently than others. The student bonding that occurs on a field trip can enhance the learning experience and create a learning community as students continue onward through school. We can provide field trips related to our permanent exhibits of history and miniatures or changing exhibits with educational sessions that allow students to expand their knowledge on those exhibits or we can tailor make a field trip around a particular topic of study based on what the educator wants. We want to provide our schools with a setting for the practice of skills to awaken curiosity and inquiry.

A number of factors have come into play in the past years that interfere with the field trip element of the educational experience. Inflationary prices in fuel and transportation services have made the cost of traveling difficult. Efforts by the museum have tried to make field trips more affordable by only charging $2 per student, but we have also developed other programs that have blossomed over the past few years. The Kentucky Gateway Museum Medley Boxes can be checked out free of charge by teachers and cover subject matter from Social Studies to Math, Fine Arts to Science. If a teacher wants to enhance his units of study, he can pick from our boxes to use as he wants. If teachers want to teach a standard that isn’t easily covered from their core curriculum, they can use the box to introduce new ideas or support a particular standard they want to reinforce. KYGMC also does educational outreach to support formal or classroom-based education, as well as informal education that occurs outside the classroom. Museum staff has served over 2,528 children from January to July 31, 2018 and calls are coming in already for school trips for August! Seven hundred and sixty four students came into our building since the beginning of 2018. Thirteen schools from our area have been touched in some way by KYGMC’s educational programing — and that doesn’t even count the Museum Scout and Student Docent programs that we provide.

KYGMC also offers stellar seminars for adults each month and special seminars and educational tours in which adults can participate. The Community Read occurring in October 2018 is designed for older students and adults where the whole community can read the same materials and participate in activities at the museum and with community partners like the Russell Theatre, the Mason and Fleming County Libraries and WFTM. We encourage you to attend the KYGMC Educational Dinner on Aug. 21 held at Caproni’s on the River with entertainment presented by renowned magicians, The Mastersons. This dinner provides funding to support the Museum Scouts, the NEA Big Read, our educational outreach to area schools and program services. You can make reservations by calling 606-564-5865 or by emailing [email protected]. ($40 per museum member, $45 for non-members.) This is also the way to book school tours for your schools or to inquire about Medley Boxes.

A strong education system has been the backbone of the American Dream- providing each generation with the opportunity to do better than the last. It is the mission of The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center to provide more opportunities and to reach more school districts in order to support teachers and to provide learning opportunities that encourage growth and prosperity for community members.

Readers may email questions to [email protected] @ Kentucky Gateway Museum Center, Maysville, KY