St. Johnsbury is undergoing quite a bit of construction at the moment, and it’s impacting the Fairbanks Museum – in good ways.
The construction will run right past the Fairbanks Museum, just in time to make travel tough for summer visitors.
But the museum is turning a bane into a benefit.
Adam Kane had just accepted the Director’s job at Fairbanks when he got the bad news. Come spring thaw, the road in front of the historic landmark was to become a construction site where heavy machines would create months of dust, commotion, and traffic jams. At first, Kane was worried about losing visitors.
“But then, you know, as I thought about it and as the staff talked about it, it really became clear that this was just a great opportunity,” Kane said. “We’re a science museum. We teach science, and a construction project, when you boil it down, it allows you to teach. Almost any avenue of science you want to go after is presented in a construction project.”
So Kane rounded up some donors, raising so far almost 80 percent of the $178,000 needed for what the museum is calling “Water Works: The Science Under St. Johnsbury.”
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This is the best sort of learning that the museum can be doing: showing the very practical elements of physics and hydrology by connecting it to real, tangible things.