Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Museum of Science (Boston) - Sixth Grade Chaperone

In 1830, six men interested in natural history established the Boston Society of Natural History, an organization through which they could pursue their common scientific interests. Devoted to collecting and studying natural history specimens, the society displayed its collections in numerous temporary facilities until 1864, when it opened the New England Museum of Natural History at the corner of Berkeley and Boylston Streets in Boston's Back Bay. That museum is now known worldwide as the Museum of Science. http://www.mos.org/

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(Left to right) Brad Washburn, Mrs. Harold Hodgkinson, Carlton Fuller, and Frederick Lovejoy with a model of Science Park, completed in 1951.

On Tuesday October 27, 2009 I was one of the St. Pius V. Sixth Grade Chaperone's. I drove my car into Boston with Joanne - another Mom to meet the kids who were transported by a large yellow bus. I was a little stunned to watch the drive passed through red lights...

I had a group of five girls, Sabrina, Ava, Angela, Ashley and Jacksie - using the first letter of each girl's name - I called my group "JAAAS". It is NOT always easy to be your own daughter's Chaperone but I will have some stories to share with her as she moves into adulthood in another six or seven or even ten years.

We attended the Harry Potter Exhibition - which was amazing to see all the beautiful costumes and props from the each of the movies. Admittedly I have not seen ANY of the movies or read the books and probably won;t either. But I certainly did appreciate the art of it! Just not my type of movies or books - but the display was incredibly gorgeous.

If it Exhibit comes to your town - check it out!




Museum of ScienceBoston, MA October 25 - February 21, 2010

In this amazing exhibition, guests will get an up close and personal look at the artistry and craftsmanship that went into creating the iconic props and costumes that appeared throughout the Harry Potter films. These authentic artifacts will be displayed in elaborate settings inspired by locations from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry including the Gryffindor common room, Hagrid’s hut and the Great Hall.

Harry Potter™ is a cultural phenomenon, inspiring the imaginations of millions across the globe. Now it's your chance to peer into the wizard's world in a new exhibit featuring more than 200 authentic props and costumes from the Harry Potter films, all displayed in settings inspired by the film sets -- including the Great Hall, Hagrid's hut and the Gryffindor™ common room. View iconic film artifacts such as Harry's glasses, the Marauder's Map, and Hermione's Yule Ball gown, and pause to pull a screeching Mandrake from its pot or try your hand at tossing a "Quaffle."

Showcasing the supreme artistry and craftsmanship that went into the making of the ever popular film series, Harry Potter: The Exhibition is sure to spark curious minds and foster an excitement of discovery among visitors of all ages.

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The Mission of the Museum of Science
The Museum's mission is to play a leading role in transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology. This role becomes ever more important as science and technology shape and reshape our lives and world, and it means we:

Promote active citizenship informed by the world of science and technology
Inspire lifelong appreciation of the importance and impact of science and engineering
Encourage young people of all backgrounds to explore and develop their interests in understanding the natural and human-made world

To do this, we will continue to build our position as a leader in the world's museum community and use our educational perspective as an informal learning institution to help the formal pre K-12 education system.


TIP - Many Local Libraries offer discounted passes program to visit museums (these passses may not include special exhibits) but a discount is a discount!




A person, especially an older or married woman, who accompanies a young unmarried woman in public.

An older person who attends and supervises a social gathering for young people.
A guide or companion whose purpose is to ensure propriety or restrict activity: "to see and feel the rough edges of the society . . . without the filter of official chaperones" (Philip Taubman).

tr.v., -oned, -on·ing, -ones.To act as chaperon to or for. See synonyms at accompany.

[French, from chaperon, hood, from Old French, diminutive of chape, cape, head covering. See chape.]

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